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TX sheriff's department recovers $10,000 guitar for local church

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 5:29pm

A small town church was unexpectedly returned a prized item this week, thanks to hard work by the local sheriff's department.

It all started on January 1 when Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace stepped in as the new man in charge. The sheriff tells KETK his team decided to look into cases that were only a few months old from the last administration.

One of the reports consisted of a 1965 Fender bass, valued at around $10,000, that was stolen in December 2012. The instrument was stolen from River of Life Church, located just outside of town on State Highway 19.

Investigators were able to dig up information that pointed them to a pawn shop in Huntsville. Authorities revealed the guitar had been sold for a measly $70 the day after the burglary. Deputies then learned the Fender was in New York after a man, who bought it from the pawn shop, sold it to a company there.

The Sheriff's Department tracked down the pay pal information and contacted the business in New York and informed them they were in possession of a stolen item. After proving to the store owner that they were in fact not a scam, the company turned the item over to local law enforcement and the guitar was shipped back to Texas.

Authorities received the guitar on Friday and returned the instrument Monday back to Brother Mike Loftin at the River of Life Church.

Bro. Loftin told deputies, "this is the last thing my Dad bought me."

So far, two arrests have been made and a third is expected. Officials have not released the identity of the burglars, pending the third arrest. Two people will be charged with burglary of a building and the third, theft.

Authorities also recovered a stolen safe, but none of the items inside were found.

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