Husband, wife allegedly steal guitars from Berkley music store

Police say 1 left ID at the scene

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published January 7, 2020

 Three guitars allegedly were stolen from a Berkley store by a husband and wife Dec. 31, including this Epiphone Elitist. The two other guitars were a Teisco bass and an Ibanez 2350.

Three guitars allegedly were stolen from a Berkley store by a husband and wife Dec. 31, including this Epiphone Elitist. The two other guitars were a Teisco bass and an Ibanez 2350.

Photo provided by Andrew Hadfield

 Matthew Fegley

Matthew Fegley

 Chelsea Fegley

Chelsea Fegley

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BERKLEY — A husband and wife were arrested after they were alleged to have stolen multiple guitars from a local business.

Royal Oak residents Matthew Fegley, 31, and Chelsea Fegley, 28, were taken into custody by Berkley public safety officers at 5:38 a.m. Dec. 31 for allegedly stealing three guitars from the Berkley Music Co., 3039 W. 12 Mile Road.

According to Berkley police, officers were called to the business after a breaking and entering alarm was set off. Officers found that the rear door of the building had been smashed open.

“Upon entry into the building to see if anyone was still inside, and inspecting the damage and what was stolen, they noticed a driver’s license laying on the ground that belonged to a female and that matched (Chelsea Fegley),” Berkley Public Safety Department Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield said.

Berkley police also heard from a Beverly Hills public safety officer who reportedly had witnessed Chelsea Fegley getting into a vehicle with some of the guitars.

“He observed a female getting into the Lyft vehicle with two guitars in her hand, which seemed out of place for 5:30 in the morning, right after a break-in to a guitar store,” Hadfield said.

The Beverly Hills officer took note of the vehicle’s license plate, and he and a Berkley officer were able to track down the vehicle, which they pulled over near 12 Mile Road and Ellwood Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle was a Lyft driver who had been requested to do a pickup in the area and had nothing to do with the crime, Hadfield said. The Fegleys were in the back seat of the Lyft with the three guitars, one of which still had a price tag on it, according to Hadfield.

“They were searched and found to have screwdrivers, flashlight, gloves, with glass on their person, appearing that they had made entry into the building,” said Hadfield.

Both Fegleys were arrested on a charge of breaking and entering a building with intent. They were arraigned Jan. 2 at the 44th District Court and will have a probable cause conference at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, before Judge James Wittenberg.

According to the 44th District Court’s website, neither suspect had an attorney as of press time.

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