Photo: Dylan Isaacs
August 8, 2020 – Santa Barbara County, Ca.
The late and legendary Rock ‘n Roll icon Tom Petty hasn’t even been gone from this mortal coil
for three years at this point, but there are those already more than willing to make a buck off
his name, even if they have to commit grand theft in the effort to do so.
According to Lompoc Police Department’s Det. Sgt. Scott Morgan, 35-year-old Lompoc resident Daylan Isaacs is just such an illicit entrepreneur, arrested on August 7th pursuant to his efforts to sell a guitar autographed by Petty “through online social media platforms.”
Petty’s guitar—“valued at more than $10,000—had been part of the loot reported stolen from
a Los Angeles area storage facility, and brought the Los Angeles Police Department and Lompoc PD into a collaborative investigation when it popped up for sale online.
Detectives then posed as serious buyers of the purloined guitar and made arrangements to make a cash purchase at a Lompoc address given to them by Isaacs. When Isaacs showed up to make the transaction, he discovered that his putative buyers were offering only handcuffs and search warrants.
Isaacs was taken into custody as the search warrants were executed, leading to the discovery of
“large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine for sale” along with additional stolen property and a loaded stolen handgun, prohibited under the terms of his status as a convicted felon.
Isaacs was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked on charges of
possession of controlled substances for sale, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition,
and possession of stolen property.
Photos: Courtesy Lompoc Police Department, Santa Barbara County Jail Booking