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Five precious guitars owned by Tom Petty that were stolen last week were returned to their rightful owner Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, Culver City police arrested a private security guard named Daryl Emmette Washington, 51. He was working at the Culver Studios lot, which houses a soundstage where Petty was rehearsing with his band the Heartbreakers for an upcoming tour.
“I am extremely grateful to the Culver City Police Department for a job well done and touched by the outpouring of good wishes and concern from our fans and friends,” said Petty in a statement provided to THR.
The stolen guitars, collectively worth an estimated $100,000, included Petty’s 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and a Gibson SGTV Junior along with Mike Campbell’s blue Dusenberg, Ron Blair’s Fender Broadcaster and Scott Thurston’s 1967 Epiphone Sheridan. One musician likened the loot to “a fleet of vintage Rolls-Royces.”
Washington allegedly tried to pawn one of the guitars in Hollywood for $250, which provided a break in the case.
On the band’s website and Facebook page, Petty and crew offered a “no questions asked” $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the instruments. It’s unclear whether the reward will be paid out and to whom.
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