Graveyard guitar robber faces jail

MILWAUKEE Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:14am EST

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MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin cemetery worker could spend 10 years in jail after pleading no contest to stealing an electric guitar from a casket.

The cream-colored Fender Telecaster was laid upon the body of Randall Jourdan, who wished to be buried with his "pride and joy," the criminal complaint said. The guitar was recovered from the suspect's home the next day.

"I have to have that guitar. It's too expensive to be in a crypt," Steven Conard allegedly told a groundskeeper at the Allouez Catholic Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum near Green Bay where he was working, the complaint said.

Jourdan was a guitar player for more than 40 years, family members told investigators.

Conard, 40, was accused of stealing the guitar on September 23. He entered his plea in court on Monday and will be sentenced in January.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by David Bailey and John O'Callaghan)

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Eideard wrote:
Har. An old singing partner of mine was buried with 2 of his guitars.

I wonder where he was buried.

Nov 30, 2011 11:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
crimsondrac wrote:
Hmm…let’s see. They gave out the name of the deceased and the cemetary he is buried in along with his $20k guitar. Wonder how long it will be before someone has the gall to go after it.

Nov 30, 2011 4:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Stager wrote:
That was so incredibly shabby – taking a defenseless, dead man’s valuable guitar away.

If you’re gonna grab the ax since the dude won’t be able to play it anyway, leave him a check for the value of the instrument – more, actually, as a good will gesture.

Nov 30, 2011 5:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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