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Police seek guitars stolen from band prior to Phoenix show

PHOENIX — Police are turning to the public for help in locating two guitars stolen from a heavy metal band when they were in Phoenix earlier this month.

Authorities said Wednesday that three men have been arrested in connection with the burglary of Lamb of God’s guitars.

Sgt. Vince Lewis says 62-year-old William Widener, 51-year-old Michael Blakeslee and 34-year-old Justin Petersen face charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property.

The guitars were taken from a trailer at Ak-Chin Pavilion between midnight and 4:30 a.m. on May 2.

Lewis says one suspect tried to pawn a guitar but was declined. A guitar was also spotted for sale on an online app.

Guitarist Will Adler posted on Instagram after the theft that a one-of-a-kind bass and his “beloved Warbird” guitar had been taken.

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