As previously reported, guitarist Willie Adler’s main guitar – the Warbird – as well as bassist John Campbell‘s “one-of-a-kind handpainted bass,” have disappeared from the band’s semi-truck on May 2 after a live show at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ.
Sgt. Vince Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department stated: “Someone entered the trailer where musical equipment belonging to a band was being held and removed three unique and valuable guitars. Phoenix Police detectives located one of the guitars for sale on an online app. Another suspect attempted to pawn one of the guitars, but was turned away. Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified and located three suspects.”
62-year-old William Widener and 51-year-old Michael Blakeslee were arrested on Wednesday, May 8 in Mesa. 34-year-old Justin Petersen was arrested the following day. All three were booked on theft and trafficking in stolen property charges.
“All three guitars are still outstanding and this portion of the investigation is ongoing,” Lewis said.
Following Phoenix New Times article about the theft, the Warbird had reportedly been offered up on OfferUp by someone calling themselves “Clash With.” After exchanging a few notes with a potential buyer, the seller changed his profile photo and was no longer responding to inquiries.