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Guitar stolen from Chuck Berry returned

Guitar stolen from Chuck Berry returned

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Picture of Chuck Berry's 1978 Gibson ES 355 guitar to his property at Berry Park

St. Charles County Sheriff's Deputy Ross Bishop holds Chuck Berry's 1978 Gibson ES 355 guitar on Friday, Sept. 13, 2012. The guitar, valued at $50,000, was reported stolen Monday afternoon from an office at Chuck Berry's 35-acre retreat on Buckner Road in an area of unincorporated St. Charles County and was returned Friday. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

ST. CHARLES COUNTY • A guitar stolen from Chuck Berry earlier this week was returned to the music legend today by St. Charles County authorities.

The 1978 Gibson ES 355 guitar, valued at $50,000, was reported stolen Monday afternoon from an office at a home Berry owns on 35 acres along Buckner Road in unincorporated St. Charles County. More mundane equipment — power washers, a leaf blower and some used vehicle batteries — were discovered missing Tuesday.

Thursday, a neighbor reported some suspicious-looking vehicles, including a U-Haul truck, at the property. Deputies sent to check it out arrested three men in connection with the thefts.

The stolen guitar was recovered from the home of one of the men and was returned to Berry by deputies Friday.

The three suspects, all from the St. Louis area, were released pending charges.

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