Deputies arrest 3 in theft of $10K guitar in Paulden

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The following is a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

On February 21, 2009, a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a reported burglary in the 300 block of Bermuda Lane, Paulden. The victim told the deputy that while he was gone during the afternoon, someone entered his home and stole a guitar worth over $10,000. The victim had etched a personal identification number on the guitar and also had a photo of the instrument. The victim believed the suspects were a couple of young males who had been at his home a few weeks earlier inquiring about music lessons. The men had seen his prized guitar during the visit. The men were seen leaving in an older orange Ford vehicle painted to look like a taxi cab.

The deputy discovered the victim's front door had evidence of pry marks and was likely the point of entry. A neighbor indicated they had seen the orange Ford in the neighborhood during the time the victim was gone. Another neighbor saw a younger male knocking on the victim's front door then appeared to leave. Both neighbors admitted seeing the orange Ford in the area previously and thought it might belong to residents on Rio Trail.

The deputy contacted a homeowner in the 800 block of Rio Trail who is mother of 16-year-old Jonathan Egan. She admitted her son was recently in possession of a guitar and currently meeting with 18-year-old Paulden resident Calvin Hornsby to give him the guitar. Jonathan's mom called him and he returned in the orange Ford with the victim's guitar in hand. The deputy learned that Jonathan had forcibly entered the victim's home to steal the guitar after a tip from his brother, 20-year-old Thomas Stephens, that the victim was not home. A few minutes later, Thomas and Calvin arrived and were detained by YCSO deputies. Thomas admitted participating in the burglary by phoning Jonathan to let him know when the victim was away from the house. Both Jonathan and Thomas acknowledged they were involved in the theft because their friend, Calvin, wanted the guitar.

Based on the result of the investigation, Thomas and Calvin were arrested for Burglary and Theft and booked at the Prescott Detention Center. Jonathan was released to his mother pending a charge filing with the County Attorney.

The guitar was returned to the victim undamaged.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: