- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A Danvers man who says depression moved him to steal half a dozen guitars from a local music store even though he doesn’t play the instrument has pleaded guilty.

A Salem District Court judge spared 38-year-old Christopher Eason jail time and sentenced him to a year of probation, after which a larceny charge will be dismissed if he complies with probationary conditions.

The Salem News (https://bit.ly/1UAwgW3 ) reports that Eason told the judge he became depressed and withdrawn when his girlfriend left him and took their child.

Authorities say Eason stole six guitars worth a combined $20,000 from the Guitar Center in Danvers in six months. He was caught in April trying to steal a seventh worth $3,500.

He said he had no intention of reselling the instruments. All six were recovered.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, https://www.salemnews.com

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