Elton John’s stolen glasses were found, undamaged, by the Southaven Police Department. Authorities said the infamous heart-shaped glasses were surrendered by Matthew Colvin, who stole them from a Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum display case. Although he confessed to the crime and returned the glasses, the 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with theft.
As reported by My Fox Memphis, Elton John’s glasses vanished from the museum on April 26. Detectives with the Memphis Police Department later determined a set of fingerprints, which were found on the display case, belong Matthew Colvin.
Authorities in Memphis issued a warrant for Colvin’s arrest. However, the suspected thief fled to Mississippi. The warrant was eventually forwarded to Southaven.
Early this week, Colvin contacted the Memphis Police Department and confessed that he stole the iconic glasses. Although he did not reveal his location, he told authorities where to find the heart-shaped glasses.
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Officers with the Southaven Police Department confirmed Elton John’s stolen glasses were found “in a house in the 1200 block of McGowan Drive.” However, Colvin’s location remained unknown.
On Thursday, authorities confirmed Matthew Colvin was arrested on charges of theft of property. He is currently being held at the DeSoto County jail.
As reported by Huffington Post, Elton John owns an estimated 250,000 pairs of glasses, many of which are quite unique. Although he underwent surgery to correct his vision, he does not need prescription lenses. However, the glasses remain an important part of his iconic wardrobe.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Executive Director John Doyle said the heart-shaped Anglo-American-Apparel glasses and a red L.A. Eyeworks case were returned to the museum undamaged.
Last seen running in 4-inch platform shoes and a glitter jumpsuit! Police in Memphis seek man who stole Elton John’s heart-shaped glasses.
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Doyle expressed his heartfelt thanks to the officers and detectives who worked tirelessly to return Elton John’s stolen glasses.
“The Memphis Police Department has many other items on their plates, most pressing than a pair of missing eyeglasses, yet still managed to solve this case. The museum appreciates how rapidly they responded… how they used their outstanding expertise to secure fingerprints which quickly identified the suspect and led to the rapid recovery of the item on our behalf.”
Doyle also underlined the fact that Matthew Colvin was not linked to any former or current employees of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
The director said he is thankful Elton John’s glasses were found intact. He confirmed the heart-shaped glasses were returned to the display case on Wednesday.