Three teens blamed in guitar theft case

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Three Poplar Bluff teenagers had their musical ambitions cut short last week when authorities nabbed them in connection with thefts at two local businesses.

The electric guitars, amplifiers and other electronic accessories they allegedly stole from Hays Music Store on Vine Street and All Star Music in the Mansion Mall Shopping Center have been recovered by the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

The male suspects -- ages 13, 14 and 15 -- allegedly burglarized Hays Music during the night of Nov. 23 and returned the next night, said Poplar Bluff Police Detective Gary Pride.

Officers believe that the 14-year-old and 15-year-old were also involved in thefts at All Star Music in late November.

All three juveniles agreed to cooperate with police and the Butler/Ripley County Juvenile office. The teens have been remanded into juvenile custody.

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