Unreleased Tom Petty Music and Gun Recovered After Theft

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Tom Petty’s guitars and guns stolen from storage… amid ongoing legal dispute over deceased rocker’s estate

A man was arrested after stealing hard drives containing unreleased Tom Petty music, according to TMZ, Daily Mail and Ultimateclassicrock.

The theft took place from a storage unit in San Fernando Valley, Calif., and included the removal of more than $100,000 worth of guitars, other instruments and a gun. The report added that “police caught a suspect who confessed to the crime. He’s been arrested for burglary. Even better … our source say they’ve recorded the hard drives and the guns. As for the instruments – we’re told cops are running down some leads.”

The site’s law enforcement sources revealed on Thursday that the culprit had been apprehended after having stolen ‘guitars and other instruments and some guns’ as well as hard drives containing unreleased music by the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers front man.

Everything but the instruments were reportedly recovered.

The news comes after Petty’s widow explosively hit back at his two daughters’ in a May court filing, calling their behavior ‘unhinged’, ‘abusive’ and a detriment to their father’s legacy in the family’s latest dispute over the late singer’s estate.

The I Won’t Back Down hitmaker’s two daughters, Adria Petty, 44, and Annakim Violette, 37, filed a $5 million suit against widow Dana York Petty following a disagreement over a number of rock star’s unreleased tracks.

Two posthumous Petty albums have been released following his death in 2017. An American Treasure, a 60-track box set of unreleased material, was followed by the hits compilation The Best of Everything. It’s been noted that the release of an extended edition of 1994’s Wildflowers has been delayed as a result of disputes between the late artist’s widow and two daughters.

Just before his death, Petty discussed his passion for work. “If I don’t have a project going, I don’t feel like I’m connected to anything,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t even think it’s that healthy for me. I like to get out of bed and have a purpose.”

He noted that it’s “kind of a lonely work. … I compare it to fishing: There’s either a fish in the boat or there’s not. Sometimes you come home and you didn’t catch anything, and sometimes you caught a huge fish. But that was the work part of it to me. … I just remember being excited when I had a song done, and I knew I had a song in my pocket. I always felt really excited about it.”

 

   

 

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