Yes, you read that headline correctly.
Steve Conrad, a grounds superintendent at a Green Bay area cemetery, has been accused of stealing a Fender guitar from the casket of a man who died recently.
According to a report by the Associated Press, the dead man’s family confirmed that a Fender Telecaster guitar was in the casket last Thursday afternoon, when it was being moved from the funeral home to the Allouez Catholic Cemetery’s mausoleum.
The sherrif’s department said in a news release that a cemetery employee reportedly overheard Conard talking about the guitar.
“That’s a Telly, a really expensive guitar. I have to have that guitar. It’s too expensive to be in a crypt,” the employee quoted Conrad as saying.
“This isn’t something I normally do; I just have a respect for fine musical instruments,” Conrad told investigators.
The guitar was found in Conrad’s home by deputies, and returned to the family.