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.