Police recover Tom Petty stolen guitars

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform May 1 at Germain Arena in Estero.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform May 1 at Germain Arena in Estero.

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- It was a heartbreaker for Tom Petty and the band when someone stole five of their precious guitars from a soundstage, but it was music to their ears when police in Southern California announced Tuesday that the instruments had been recovered.

One person was arrested in connection with the theft, police Lt. Ron Iizuka said. He declined to provide other details pending an afternoon press conference.

A message seeking comment from the band's publicist, Jim Merlis, was not immediately returned.

The instruments were reported stolen last Thursday from The Culver Studios, a sprawling complex of soundstages west of downtown Los Angeles where Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour.

The instruments were Petty's blond 1967 maple 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTVJunior, Mike Campbell's blue Dusenberg, Ron Blair's Fender Broadcaster and Scott Thurston's 1967 Epiphone Sheridan.

On its website, the band offered a "no questions asked" $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the instruments.

Their return comes as the band prepared to kick off their tour Wednesday in Broomfield, Colo. The band will be at Germain Arena in Estero on May 1.

The band is known for a string of hit singles, including "American Girl", "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Breakdown."

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