Three Gibson Les Paul guitars — valued at nearly $10,000 — were stolen Monday morning from an Outer Banks music store, according to a release from the Kill Devil Hills Police Department.

And the thief used a moped.

Christopher Pergl, 40, of Kill Devil Hills, was arrested Tuesday after Jubiliee Music Store posted security camera footage on social media. He was charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny following an investigation, according to a release from the Kill Devil Hills Police Department.

A Les Paul Double worth $6,999 was found at his home on the 1700 block of Sea Swept Road. With help from Pergl, police recovered the rest of the stolen property Wednesday including a Gibson Les Paul 120th anniversary valued at $1,400, a Gibson SG with lightning bolts on the front valued at $999, two other guitars, an amplifier and guitar straps.

Christopher Pergl

Christopher Pergl

The theft occurred about 2 a.m. Monday, police said. A broken window at the store was reported later that morning, and security camera footage showed a man wearing a helmet walking around the store.

“He is seen moving through the store and carefully selecting which instruments he is going to steal,” police said in a release said, explaining the thief later escaped with all the stolen equipment on a moped.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272,

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