Tom Petty's Guitars Stolen During Tour Rehearsals

Rocker offering a $7,500 reward for their recovery

April 13, 2012 6:33 PM ET
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Tom Petty's 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker was one of the guitars stolen.
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Tom Petty is the latest victim of gear theft. Five of the rocker's guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, have been rehearsing for their upcoming worldwide tour.

The stolen gear includes a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself.

Petty is offering a "no questions asked" reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars' recovery. A special email address (StolenGuitars@TomPetty.com) has been set up to receive tips.

Whether with old guitars or new ones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will kick off their tour this coming Wednesday, April 18th, in Broomfield, Colorado. The band is also scheduled to perform a set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 28th.

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