Three men have been arrested for allegedly stealing three Lamb of God guitars after a show in Phoenix, Arizona on May 2nd. The arrest comes less than a week after one fan sought vigilante justice when he saw the guitars for sale on OfferUp.com, but the thieves got cold feet and pulled out of the deal at the last minute.
William Widener, 62, Michael Blakeslee, 51, and Justin Petersen, 34, were charged with "theft and trafficking in stolen property charges," according to ABC15 Arizona. The arrest of Widener and Blakeslee happened on Wednesday, May 8th after one of the men unsuccessfully attempted to sell one of the guitars at a pawn shop, with Petersen's apprehension occurring the following day.
As for his part, LoG frontman Randy Blythe remains the philanthropist and peace-seeker he's known as, commenting on Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta's Instagram post of the ordeal, "Well, I must say that their, ahem, 'aesthetic' doesn't really surprise me- just kinda makes me sad. But on the 100% serious tip- these men are innocent until proven guilty, & I hope they are given due process and a fair trial. Then, whatever happens after, I hope they get some help." The singer then added, jokingly, "That one Alfalfa looking dude needs a sandwich, about a week's worth of sleep, and a multivitamin. Jesus. #drugskill#dontdodrugskids."
ABC15 Arizona reports despite the arrests, the guitars are still missing. Lamb of God are currently still on tour with Slayer, Amon Amarth, and Cannibal Corpse. Find a list of remaining dates here.