Person of interest identified in guitar burglary

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JANESVILLE - The Town of Beloit Police Department has identified a person of interest in its June 19 burglary investigation of Paradise Guitars, according to Rock County Circuit Court records.

Documents released Monday show the department secured a search warrant for DNA of Travis J. Smith, 29, after he was arrested on June 21 by officers from the Bedford Park, Illinois Police Department.

Town of Beloit Chief Ron Northrop said Smith wasn't named a suspect, and wouldn't be until DNA results came back from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab in Milwaukee.

"There's no timeline on it at this time," Northrop said. "As for now, he remains a person of interest."

Smith was arrested on the possible charge of possession of stolen property after he attempted to sell one of the eight guitars stolen from Paradise Guitars in Inman Parkway in the Town of Beloit, according to the search warrant obtained by the Beloit Daily News.

Smith allegedly tried to sell the guitar to a Bedford Park guitar store.

The eight guitars stolen from the store were valued at over $12,000, court records showed.

At approximately 4 a.m. June 19, a large landscaping rock was thrown through the front store window, with officers later recovering guitar tags and gloves following a canine search that ended in the 800 block of Daffodil, according to the search warrant.

Smith has not been charged in the burglary and remains innocent until proven guilty.

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