'School of Rock' star faces four felonies over stolen guitars
One of the actors from School of Rock has been repeatedly arrested for the same crime - stealing guitars.
Joey Gaydos Jr. - who played lead guitarist Zack in the hit 2003 comedy - is now facing multiple felony charges in Florida. He has Gaydos has been charged with larceny and grand theft, after four police arrests over the last five weeks, for allegedly stealing an amplifier and multiple guitars.
According to TMZ, police have confirmed that a "string of heists" began early this year, with arrests on the 11th, 14th, and 25th February. Gaydos is accused of walking into stores, asking to test musical equipment including guitars, then leaving the store with the guitar still in hand. After not paying for the instrument, he then allegedly took them to various pawn shops to sell them.
He is accused of stealing a blue Les Paul Epiphone Prophecy (which is valued at $800), a black Fender Stratocaster (valued at $699), a Gibson Les Paul gold top (valued at $1,900), in addition to a Fender Stratocaster amplifier.
Gaydos was previously arrested for an underage DUI in 2009. At the time, he apologised for his actions, in a statement sent to TMZ. "Some of you may have seen video footage of me on shows like TMZ, or your local news regarding an unfortunate incident I had a few weeks ago," he said.
"The first thing I would like to say is, I made a HUGE mistake, and I really regret my actions. What I did was wrong, and all I can say is, I'm sorry to anyone I may have let down, I'm only human, and we ALL make mistakes.
"To everyone who has supported me through this I would like to say, THANK YOU, it really means a lot."
Police have reported that Joey confessed to these recent crimes, suggesting a drug problem was to blame for the grand theft and larceny. However, in court he entered a not guilty plea for each of the thefts covering each guitar. He is yet to give a plea in the case of the stolen amp.