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Guitar Seller’s Story Strikes Sour Note with Police

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Warwick, RI – A man trying to sell a stolen guitar at Guitar Center at 1245 Bald Hill Road was arrested for receiving stolen goods Aug. 18 at 12:53 p.m. after clerks, alerted that the instrument was stolen by its owner, called police.

Earl Jackson, 25, of 397 Blackstone St., Providence, attempted to sell the guitar, a custom Dean Dimebonics ML with black case, valued at $1,000, at the store, according to officer Brian Murray’s report. Clerks at the store had recently received an email from the owner stating the guitar had been stolen, and identified the guitar by distinguishing features described in the message.

Murray and two fellow officers responded to the store, and asked Jackson about the guitar. Jackson told them the guitar belonged to his father, who was waiting behind the store waiting in a black car.

One of the officers checked the back lot, but didn’t find the car.

Officers called the owner, who told them he wished to press charges. The officers arrested Jackson and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Memorial Drive.

Jackson pled no contest to receiving stolen goods on Aug. 19 in Third District Court, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, with six suspended, and six months probation.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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