Five guitars stolen from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
How do you break the heart of a Heartbreaker? Steal his guitar. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers showed up to rehearse for a new tour slated to get rolling Wednesday in Colorado only to find that thieves had swiped five of their electric guitars.
Photos have been posted at the band’s official website with detailed descriptions, including serial numbers, and Petty is offering a $7,500 no-questions-asked reward in hopes of having them returned quickly.
The stolen instruments include Petty’s 1967 blond 12-string Rickenbacker (pictured at right) and his Gibson SG TVJunior, Mike Campbell’s blue Dusenberg Mike Campbell model, Ron Blair’s Fender Broadcaster and Scott Thurston’s 1967 Epiphone Sheridan.
A statement on Petty’s website said police in Culver City, where the band was rehearsing, are investigating. Anyone with information about the guitars can send it to StolenGuitars@TomPetty.com.
Not among the stolen instruments is the iconic red Rickenbacker electric used on the cover of the band's breakthrough 1979 album "Damn the Torpedoes," which Campbell scored off a Fullerton musician who put it up for sale in a Recycler ad.
— Randy Lewis
Photo of Tom Petty on tour in 2008. Credit: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press.