Back in the fall of 1996, Pearl Jam played a show in Miami. During the gig, a fan somehow managed to get on stage and make off with one of Stone Gossard’s guitars.
How this dude did it was a mystery–especially since this 18 year-old was really drunk. He might have gotten away with it, too, but when he sobered up, he started bragging to his friends about what he had done.
These friends then ratted the kid out to Pearl Jam’s label. Then they hired a private detective to find this kid and to shake him down.
But before that happened, the kid panicked and mailed the guitar back to Pearl Jam’s record label. Stone got his guitar back and no charges were filed.