Murfreesboro Police Arrest man accused of selling counterfeit Gibson Guitars

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Murfreesboro Police arrested Wade Massey for allegedly selling counterfeit Gibson guitars to businesses across Nashville and Murfreesboro. Massey was arrested after police used the nationwide search capabilities of LeadsOnline to verify Massey sold the property at seven different businesses during a four week period.

Police were notified of the suspect’s activity after a secondhand business took the property to be appraised and discovered the guitar was a counterfeit Gibson. Police then turned to LeadsOnline where they discover six other sales that proved to be counterfeit property as well.

“LeadsOnline alerted me in a matter of seconds that our suspect was up to no good and had been selling counterfeit guitars across Murfreesboro and Nashville,” said Detective Kerry Thorpe of Murfreesboro PD’s Criminal Investigative Division. “Even though the suspect had only pawned one guitar in Murfreesboro, LeadsOnline helped me discover what other guitars he was passing off as originals, and selling in Nashville. We then took this information with us to the Gibson Guitar Headquarters where we were able to confirm the property was counterfeit.”

LeadsOnline is a nationwide system used by law enforcement to track stolen property that may have been sold across city, county and even state line. More than 90 agencies in Tennessee and more than 2,860 agencies nationwide use LeadsOnline to instantly search for stolen property that may have been sold at secondhand stores, pawn shops, internet drop off stores, or scrap metal recyclers, across all 50 states.

According to police, genuine Gibson guitars can be sold for more than $1,000 each. Murfreesboro’s NewsChannel5<> reported the suspect says he sold the property unaware they were counterfeit.

Massey was charged with criminal simulation and posted bail. A court hearing will be held March 26. Information in this release is in reference to Murfreesboro Police Department case number 14-3113.

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