STRUNG UP! Alleged guitar thief arrested

John Hartin was being held Friday afternoon on $22,400 bond.

John Hartin was being held Friday afternoon at the Cherokee County jail on $22,400 bond.

Thanks to a neighbor’s tip, the man accused of stealing $100,000 worth of antique guitars is now behind bars.

And it turns out stealing guitars was the swan song for 38-year-old John Hartin of Woodstock. Hartin burglarized a home in the same neighborhood, stealing household items, before he broke into the home of a guitar collector, according to Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Hartin broke into the two homes on Sept. 1 and two families reported the crimes. On Wednesday, the pricey guitars were found about 20 miles away in Marietta, where they had been abandoned for reasons unknown.

Thanks to the serial numbers on the guitars, officers were able to return them to their owner. And thanks to a neighbor who happened to jot down the tag number of a suspicious vehicle, investigators tracked down Hartin and evidence that he had committed the burglaries, Baker said.

Detective David Barone arrested Hartin on Friday, Baker said. Hartin is charged with two counts of  burglary and was being held in the Cherokee County jail Friday afternoon on $22,400 bond.

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Southside Steve

September 8th, 2012
12:49 pm

Meth is a hell of a drug!

Braves #17 Fan

September 8th, 2012
1:49 pm

John, why? Where did things start going south that you had to resort to petty crimes? Now look where you are. It’s sad, really.


September 8th, 2012
3:17 pm

I hope this scumbag enjoys prison. He’s lucky he didn’t get shot.

Tim Jacobs

September 8th, 2012
5:57 pm

It’s a bummer having a burglar living in the neighborhood. I once had neighbor’s son that kept breaking into my garage and stealing thiings. His mother would always deny it. I finally filmed the whole thing and put it on youtube, also showed her a copy of the video.


September 8th, 2012
7:21 pm

Kids, this is what happens when you Vote Republican….It Rots Your Brain! :)

you will never know

September 8th, 2012
7:41 pm

That would be sad if he is a meth head, as I know he has 3 children and 3 baby mama’s.

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you will never know

September 8th, 2012
8:10 pm

Strung UP could also relate to the Guitar Article.


September 14th, 2012
3:13 am

Did Drivin & Cryin ever get their equipment back?


September 14th, 2012
10:43 am

Hey Bernie, 3 kids & 3 baby mamas is right out of the Democratic playbook. Let’s hope he is still locked up on November 6.

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