Social Media Helps Reunite Musician With His Guitar

Social Media Helps Reunite Musician With His Guitar

CREATED Jan 10, 2014

by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A local musician, whose guitar was stolen out of the back of his car, took to social media in hopes of getting it back after he discovered it had been pawned on an online website. 

In the heart of Nashville, thieves went after what many in Music City might consider their most prized possession- a guitar. So when a thief stole one man's guitar in Nashville, Music City and its friends rallied together to get it back, with the help of social media.

Gibson Guitar gave the left-handed J-45 to Dillon Hodges when he was only 13-years-old, when the company endorsed him as an artist. Over the holidays, the guitar was stolen from Hodges' car that was parked in front of his home. Days later, he tracked it down on eBay.

While waiting for eBay to respond to police subpoenas, Hodges said he went to Twitter and Facebook, asking his friends for help. His story went viral, even catching the eye of a computer expert- a perfect stranger who was able to identify the IP address of the eBay seller.

"I imagine it's what it feels like to win the superbowl or something," said Hodges. "The odds were against me to get this thing back, and had it not been a few friendly strangers, I don't think I would have gotten it back."

Police picked up the guitar from a home in Smyrna and returned it to Hodges. Hodges said he didn't press charges against the eBay seller, who said he didn't know it was stolen and had bought it from someone on Craigslist.

At this time, police are still looking for the thief who broke into Hodges car and stole the guitar.

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