Green Bay, Wisc. diocesan employee accused of stealing guitar from casket

by Tom Gallagher

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According to NBC affiliate WEAU Channel 13 News:

A grounds worker at a Green Bay area cemetery is accused of stealing a $2,000 guitar from the casket of a man who died recently.

Brown County sheriff's investigators say the worker was accused of stealing the Fender Telecaster from the mausoleum at Allouez Catholic Cemetery. His employer, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, says the grounds superintendent is on unpaid leave pending the result of the criminal investigation.

On Saturday, deputies questioned 39-year-old Steven Conard who is the Grounds Superintendent for the Green Bay Diocese.

While being questioned, Conard admitted he had the stolen guitar at his home. Conard said, "This isn’t something I normally do, I just have a respect for fine musical instruments."

Deputies were able to recover the guitar from Conard's home. The guitar is a Fender, Telecaster valued at two thousand dollars.

Conard was arrested and is in the Brown County Jail for charges of Theft from a Corpse. Steven Conrad's wife, 43-year-old Heather Conrad, was also arrested. She's in jail for charges of Obstructing.

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