Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Kick Off Tour With Guitars In Hand

April 18, 2012 By:
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Kick Off Tour With Guitars In Hand

All is well again in the land of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - the band takes the stage tonight to kick off their U.S. tour, their precious guitars have been returned, and a man has been arrested for their theft.

A spokesperson for East End Management, the band's management company, tells Hollyscoop that the stolen instruments have been returned to the rightful owners but did not provide any details.

News spread like wildfire last week when the five vintage guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City where the band had been rehearsing for their upcoming tour.

On Tuesday, police received a break in the case and arrested a 51-year-old security guard when he tried to pawn one of the stolen guitars for $250 at a local pawn shop.

In a statement on the band's Facebook page, Tom Petty said “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.”

The guitars - a Gibson SG TV Junior, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a blue Dusenberg, a Fender Broadcaster and a 1967 Rickenbacker are said to be collectively worth $100,000.

On the band's website and Facebook page, a "no questions asked" $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the instruments was offered by Petty and his crew.

No word yet on whether the reward will be paid out and to whom.