Daniel Tonelli talks to NBC 7 about how a man offering to buy his guitar quickly turned into a man who wanted to steal his guitar.
In just minutes, a man’s admiration of a musician’s guitar got ugly in San Diego culminating in an arrest and some damage to the prized instrument.
The guitar’s owner had just left a band audition and was waiting for a friend at 30th and Adams Avenue around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
When a man approached the guitar owner and offered to buy the instrument, the owner told him it wasn’t for sale.
It was then that the wannabe buyer put his hand in his waistband and told the owner “It’s my guitar now” and took off with the instrument down the street according to San Diego police.
Officers were called to retrieve the electric guitar.
The musical instrument was found abandoned on a patio and the robbery suspect was wandering nearby as if nothing had happened according to police.
The guitar, with some new minor scrapes, was returned to its rightful owner.