$500K worth of rare guitars, watches and guns stolen in burglary

Nicholas Gambardella is accused of stealing more than $500,000 worth of rare guitars and other items from a home in West Palm Beach in 2016. (PBSO)

After a two-year investigation, police arrested a suspect in the burglary of more than $500,000 worth of rare guitars, watches, firearms and other items from a home in West Palm Beach.

The caretaker of the home reported the break-in on Mar. 17, 2016. Police found two shutters on the ground in the back of the home to indicate where the thief or thieves broke into the home. The homeowner, who was out of town at the time of the burglary, said his rare collection of guitars, watches and firearms were missing from the home.

Investigators found more than 36 of the stolen guitars advertised for sale at a guitar shop in Weston. The owner said two men from Delray Beach came in selling more than 40 guitars. The owner said he paid more than $29,000 for the guitars, according to the report from West Palm Beach Police.

The store owner said one of the guitar sellers left his driver's license number during the transactions, according to the report.

Police traced it to 32-year-old Nicholas J. Gambardella of Royal Palm Beach. A neighbor identified Gambardella as a man she saw snooping around the home at the time of the break-in.

Gambardella is now being held on charges of burglary, grand theft, and dealing in stolen property.

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