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Tom Petty & Heartbreakers

Cops Recover Stolen Guitars

4/17/2012 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A collection of five vintage guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- worth untold thousands -- has been recovered by law enforcement ... after they were stolen last week.

The Culver City PD tells us, one man has been arrested in connection with the theft. The instruments have yet to be returned to the band.

The guitars -- a 1967 12-string Rickenbacker, a Gibson SG TV Junior, a Fender Broadcaster, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, and a blue Dusenberg -- were swiped from a Culver City soundstage in L.A. where Petty had been rehearsing.

0417_stolen_guitars_subTom took to Twitter after the theft to help recover the missing guitars -- offering a $7,500 reward ... no questions asked.

Tom's people had no comment.

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3:15 PM PT: A rep for Culver Studios -- where the guitars were stolen -- tells TMZ, the suspect who was arrested did not work for the studio, but for an independent contractor. The rep adds, "We feel a real sense of responsibility for everything that happens on our lot and we have conveyed our profound apologies to Mr. Petty for the distress this incident has caused him.”

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1.

MadCharles    

Good for him

828 days ago
2.

jimmy d    

the waiting is the hardest part for Tom Petty.

828 days ago
3.

patty    

yeah!! - i'm happy for him

828 days ago
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CLINT    

A guitar to a musician is like one of their children. I'm glad his baby was returned.

828 days ago
5.

Truth    

$7500??? Kinda El Cheapo dontcha think?? Especially if he wants them back "no questions asked". Up the ante to $7500 bucks a piece and they might show up by mid-night tonite. #Truth!!

828 days ago
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Sue    

pheww, that was close !

any one out there every see Tom Petty in concert? He is totally awesome

828 days ago
7.

Joshy    

TMZ,

It's Epiphone "Sheraton". Not Sheridan.

828 days ago
8.

The PMG    

$7500? Each one of those guitars is worth more than that.

828 days ago
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CLINT    

Because they are from a crime, does that mean he has to wait to get them back until the investigation or trial is over?

828 days ago
10.

lookItsMegRyan    

Hologram Tupac stole 'em.

828 days ago
11.

HAHAHA    

Id like to know why it took them less than a week to find these guitars and a lifetime to find everyone elses stolen and cant afford to replace instruments...

828 days ago
12.

nof    

Good damn thing they were recovered.


Cuz Tom Petty?


Won't back down.

828 days ago
13.

Rotter    

The Fender Broadcaster alone is worth at least 30K. It was Fenders first solid body guitar- from 1950 or '51.

828 days ago
14.

Joao    

Isn't it amazing how law enforcement can recover stolen property WHEN the victim is famous/rich/influential or related to the mayor. Otherwise all you're going to get is a copy of your thief report and it's filed away also known as an "investigation".

828 days ago
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CriticAl    

Great news. I'm glad they caught the guy and recovered the guitars. I DESPISE thieves.

828 days ago
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