A worker for the Green Bay Catholic Diocese is facing charges for allegedly stealing a guitar from a casket. The $2,000 Fender Telecaster was supposed to be placed in a burial chamber last week with the body of a man at the Allouez Catholic Cemetery. However, Lieutenant Scott Semb of the Brown County Sheriff’s Department says a worker discovered it was missing after overhearing another employee comment about the value of the instrument.
Police arrested 29-year-old grounds superintendent Steven Conrad on charges of theft from a corpse. Semb says Conrad admitted to taking the guitar, and told investigators it was because “he has respect for fine musical instruments.”
Conrad is on unpaid administrative leave, pending an investigation.
Mike Kemetter, WHBY