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Police Nab Suspects, Recover Gear in Idaho Studio Heist

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a Nov. 1 burglary of $35,000 in gear and instruments from Audio Lab Recording Studio.

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[/media-credit] Amanda Peden (left) and Jason Daniels were arrested in connection with the theft of $35,000 in gear, instruments and tools from Audio Lab Recording Studio in Garden City, Idaho.

Garden City, ID (November 5, 2020)—Two suspects were arrested Wednesday in connection with a November 1 burglary of $35,000 in gear, instruments and tools from Audio Lab Recording Studio. Most of the stolen items were returned to the Garden City, ID facility.

Following a tip, police arrived at a home on East 40th Street at 11 am and found Jason Daniels, 30, and Amanda Peden, 37, in possession of stolen goods from the heist. Currently being held in Ada County Jail, the pair are expected to be arraigned later today.

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[/media-credit] Audio Lab Recording Studios suffered a $35,000 burglary over the Halloween weekend.

Both Daniels and Peden already had outstanding warrants out for them, so while each was charged for the Audio Lab burglary with felony possession of stolen property, they were also separately charged with felony probation violation warrants, and Peden additionally faces warrant charges of felony grand theft and burglary, as well as four misdemeanor charges of petit theft and an additional misdemeanor for commercial burglary.

$35K in Gear, Instruments Stolen from Idaho Studio

In a press statement, Lt. Tom Patterson of the Garden City Police Department noted, “The case investigators were excited to be able to return most of the missing property to the victim so quickly. Much of the property had great sentimental value to the victim, which made them irreplaceable. This case is a great example of the police working with the victim to bring the case to a successful conclusion.”

Audio Labs announced the successful recovery of the stolen items on its Facebook page, stating, “We have great news! We want to thank each and every one of you for sharing our posts and spreading this news far and wide. It contributed 100% to the recovery of most of our items. We are lucky to have you all in our family! Also the Garden City Police Department were AMAZING. We can not say enough about how wonderful they were to us during this time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!! Justice prevails!”

Some of recording equipment stolen from Audio Lab included a Neumann TLM 49 LDC microphone, a Focusrite ISA One desktop mic preamp and an RCF Evox8 portable PA system. Numerous instruments were also taken, including a ROLI Songmaker keyboard system; numerous guitars including an Epiphone Casino with a Bigsby tailpiece, a 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and a Line 6 Variax 700 Series; Hohner and Ibanez basses; and a vintage banjo that had belonged to Fulton’s grandfather.

Fulton followed up with Pro Sound News, reporting “we have most of our gear back, including my Epiphone and banjo. Sadly, the 72’ Les Paul Deluxe did not make its way home.”

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