Police: Pawn shop records lead to suspected guitar thief

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Through pawn shop registries, police have tracked down a man they suspect stole at least four high-end guitars worth nearly $10,000 from separate Austin-area stores in June and July, according to an arrest warrant.

Authorities recovered four stolen Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro guitars from several Austin-area pawn shops, after the serial numbers on the missing guitars matched those inventoried at the stores, according to the arrest warrant.

Records obtained by police showed Tyler Matthew Adams, 24, pawned the instruments. Adams has been charged with false statement to obtain property or credit, a state-jail felony.

It isn’t clear how the guitars were taken out of the stores, according to the affidavit.

“Adams knew the guitars were stolen either because he stole them personally, or received them immediately following their theft by another,” according to the affidavit. “Adams then disposed of the guitars in a manner which made their discovery by Guitar Center unlikely when he pawned them at various pawn shops.”

The guitar thefts occurred in Austin and Round Rock at Guitar Center locations, and, in Round Rock, an independent business called Danny Ray’s Music, the affidavit states.

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