Man Charged in Memorabilia Thefts from Bob Seger's Home
Memorabilia and cash were among items alleged to have been taken from rock singer's Orchard Lake residence during a party. Items stolen include a pair of sneakers autographed by Shaquille O'Neal.
ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE — A 20-year-old Waterford man was arrested and charged Tuesday with stealing items from the home of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Bob Seger.
Among the items stolen from the lakefront home were a pair of tennis shoes autographed by Shaquille O'Neal and an iconic guitar that graced one of Seger's album covers.
Andrew Douglas Thompson was arraigned and charged with larceny from a building, a four-year felony, by 48th District Court Judge Diane D'Agostini.
Orchard Lake Village Police Detective Darrell Betts said that Thompson had turned himself in after an investigation stemming from a report of theft from the rock singer's waterfront home last October.
"He was the only one I was interviewing," Betts said.
Betts explained that Thompson was known as a friend of the family who attended a party thrown by the singer's teenage daughter in August, which is when the thefts are alleged to have taken place.
"One person brought their friends and then everyone brought their friends, so it became this big party," Betts said.
"I believe that the Segers were moving, one house over, and didn't notice the things missing right away."
According to Betts, Thompson admitted to stealing an undisclosed amount of cash in addition to a Rolex watch and a pair of tennis shoes autographed by retired basketball star O'Neal.
Perhaps the most-cherished item recovered, Betts said, was the 1978 Gibson Les Paul brand guitar pictured on the cover of the singer's 1994 Greatest Hits album. Betts said that the item was "mysteriously" found on Seger's dock in May.
"(Thompson) said he didn't take that, and he didn't know who did," Betts said. "We'll have to wait and see."
Thompson was released on bond pending a preliminary conference Thursday before Judge Marc Barron.