Updated on April 2 at 1:05 p.m.: Just days after musician Nils Lofgren had four guitars, a harp and a toolbox stolen from a van in Dallas, some of the instruments have been found.
According to a tweet Monday, Lofgren said his guitars would be returned. His wife, Amy, also tweeted that "one Good Samaritan is what it ultimately came down to."
Police were contacted on Sunday by a witness who had unknowingly purchased one of the stolen guitars on the app Offer Up, according to a statement. Officers arrested Oscar Mendoza, 33, and recovered Lofgren's instruments, police say. Mendoza was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.
Nils Lofgren, a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and a renowned musician in his own right, was scheduled to play the Kessler Theater in Dallas last week. However, the show was not exactly what he planned.
Lofgren said some of his instruments were stolen Thursday night from a van parked at the Holiday Inn Express in West Oak Cliff where he was staying.
According to the musician, he's missing four guitars -- two red Takamine acoustic guitars, one tan Takamine acoustic guitar and a Fender stratocaster that's red, orange and black -- plus a Lyon and Healy electric lever harp. Lofgren's guitar tech's toolbox is also missing, he says.
"This is my 50th year on the road and I'm not used to mishaps like this," Lofgren told GuideLive.
Lofgren filed a police report Friday morning. He said the incident happened about 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening and that he found the van's backdoor lock broken at about 9:30 a.m. Friday morning. His wife, Amy, tweeted a photo of alleged suspect.
Officer Carlos Almeida said the Dallas Police Department was looking into the incident, but did not have any info to release about the investigation at this time.
During our phone call, Lofgren assured us the show would go on. He said he was renting and borrowing equipment from companies and friends around Dallas, including Dr. Howard Kweller, musician Ben Kweller's father, who Lofgren has known for many years.
"Now my job is to stop feeling sorry for myself and stop being furious because some of my dear guitars were stolen from the hotel I was staying at and get ready for a sound check," he said last week.