Tom Petty got his guitars back

Apr 18, 2012 at 1:33 p.m. ET

Tom Petty's stolen guitars have been recovered and an unlikely suspect has been arrested for the theft. Read on to find out how the bust went down.

Tom Petty

The show will go on! Five guitars stolen from a rehearsal studio where Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are prepping for their upcoming tour have been recovered and a suspect has been arrested.

Culver City Police Chief Don Pedersen confirmed that security guard Daryl Emmette Washington has been arrested for the crime.

Washington worked at The Culver Studios, where the guitars were stolen. Rather than doing his job and guarding the property, Washington allegedly was busy ripping off the equipment and was busted when he pawned one of the axes for $250.

"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," Petty wrote on the band's Facebook page.

The band harnessed the power of social media to get their equipment back, and their plight went viral when fans retweeted the Heartbreakers' plight.

"Sometimes people make mistakes, but we'd like these back," Tom Petty tweeted on Friday. "No questions asked."

The band had offered a $7,500 reward for the return of the guitar collection, reportedly worth a total of $100,000, including Petty's blond 1967 maple 12-string Rickenbacker and Gibson SGTVJunior, Mike Campbell's blue Dusenberg, Ron Blair's Fender Broadcaster and Scott Thurston's Epiphone Sheridan made in 1967. No word on whether or not anyone will be claiming that reward.

Want to see the band perform with their rescued guitars? Their tour kicks off Wednesday In Broomfield, Colorado and continues through the U.S. until the first weekend in May, after which they hop overseas. See a complete list of tour dates here.

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