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May 27, 2010

Geetar Bandit Nabbed

Michael Rutledge
Michael Rutledge

CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS
POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Guitar Burglar Caught, Most Guitars Recovered

DATE BURGLARY OCCURRED: May 17th, 2010, 3:30 PM

LOCATION OF OCCURRENCE: 66800 Blk Desert View Ave., DHS

SUSPECT: Michael Rutledge, 11-24-90, Male, White, 5'9", 165 lbs, Red, Hazel; Transient, DHS

SUSPECT STATUS: In Custody, Riverside County Jail, Charged with Burglary, Bail $25,000

DATE of PRESS RELEASE: May 27, 2010

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:

On the above date and time, a white dually pick up truck was seen parked in front of a residence on Desert View Ave. A witness took note of the truck and later contacted us with information that led to the capture of Michael Rutledge.

It turns out Rutledge, the truck's owner, was inside a nearby home in the process of stealing nine guitars from the resident who was away at work. To get in, Rutledge pried open a metal security door. Once inside he removed and drove away with nine guitars valued in the thousands.

Two days later, a patrol officer saw the same pick up truck driving eastbound on 7th Ave. The officer stopped the truck and identified Rutledge as the driver. Further investigation led to Rutledge's arrest and the immediate recovery of four of the guitars in a nearby apartment.

Detectives continued the search for the remaining guitars. They visited several pawn shops in the area. On 5-20 they found one of the guitars at "Desert Hot Springs Jewelry and Loan". On 5-24 they found two more of the guitars at "The Exchange" in Palm Springs. As of this writing, seven of the nine guitars have been recovered and cleared for return to the victim.

The owner is ecstatic that so many of his guitars have been recovered; however, we would like to recover the last two for him. If anyone can help us do that, we would appreciate a phone call to 760-329-6411 x 314 (Detective Dave Topping), x 315 (Sgt. Dan Bressler), or Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP. The investigation is ongoing.

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Any information regarding this press release should be directed to Desert Hot Springs Police Sergeant Dan Bressler at 760.329.6411 x315.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | May 27, 2010 at 09:58 PM

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