Man Accused of Stealing Unreleased Tom Petty Music

Guitars were also taken from a former engineer's storage facility
Tom Petty performs at the The Isle of Wight Festival in 2012
Tom Petty Photo credit Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Some big time Tom Petty-related items are back where they belong, including hard drives containing unreleased music.

Sources told TMZ a man broke into a storage locker in Los Angeles owned by one of Petty’s former engineers. The man also allegedly swiped guitars, other instruments and guns totaling at least $100k in value.

Fortunately police arrested the suspect, who TMZ reports confessed to the crime and turned over the prized possessions. It wasn’t clear if the man knew what he was going after at the storage facility, or if he just got lucky, at least until he ended up wearing handcuffs.

Petty died a little over two years ago, and some of his unreleased material has seen the light of day in a legal way.

“Gainesville” was a previously unreleased track that appears on the box set An American Treasure. The song is a love letter to Petty’s Florida hometown. An accompanying video featured home videos of Petty and his family, friends and bandmates from a young age.

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