Oscar Mendoza

Credit: Dallas County Jail

E-Street Band Member's Instruments Have Been Recovered

April 02, 2018 - 1:02 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - The wife of a member of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band says her husband's instruments have been recovered after they were stolen from a hotel parking lot in West Dallas last week.

"And in the good news category @nilslofgren guitars have been recovered. A Good Samaritan, a police sting, handcuffs, guns drawn. People are under arrest. We never lost hope. Crime doesn’t pay. Thank you to everyone. You all played a part. Details to come. @Twitter," Amy Aiello Logfren said on Twitter.

Nils Lofgren was in town to play at the Kessler Theater on Friday night when some of his instruments were stolen from a van parked at the Holiday Inn Express in West Oak Cliff where he was staying. He said the incident happened Thursday evening and that he found the van's backdoor lock broken Friday morning. 

   

In a statement released Monday, police say 33-year-old Oscar Mendoza allegedly stole the guitars and proceeded to sell one on the app "Offer Up." The person that purchased the guitar later realized that it was stolen when he saw a news article and contacted police.

Police say the witness kept in contact with Mendoza to help investigators capture him. Officers later arrested him in the 4600 block of Singleton Avenue. 

He has been charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. 

At the time of the incident, Lofgren's wife, Amy, tweeted a photo of the alleged suspect and several media outlets in DFW picked up the story to help recover the instruments. 

Amy later added that she couldn't go into too much details about what instruments were recovered, however, she credited the good smaritan, local media, social media and Dallas police with helping retrieve the instruments. 

She says that she and her husband will be returning to Dallas to prosecute the thieves to the full extent of the law. 

Logfren was able to play the show after he ended up renting and borrowing equipment from companies and friends around Dallas.