Steven Conard is currently on remand after he took a dead man's vintage Fender Telecaster

A 39-year-old man from Wisconsin is facing imprisonment after he was arrested for stealing a vintage Fender Telecaster guitar from a coffin.

Steven Conard, who works as a grounds worker at the Allouez Catholic Cemetery in Wisconsin, was arrested on Saturday (September 24) and has been charged with “felony theft from person or corpse”.

He has been charged after police confronted him at his home and he confessed to removing a Fender Telecaster from the coffin of Randall Jourdan, an elderly man, who had made it his dying wish to be buried with the “pride and joy” guitar he’d played for over 40 years.

Conard was caught after he confessed to co-worker James Lang that he would like to take the guitar. Lang told Gawker that Conard has said to him when he saw the guitar in the coffin: “That’s a Telly, a really expensive guitar. I have to have that guitar. It’s too expensive to be in a crypt.”

He then asked Lang “if he would say anything if he took the guitar”, to which Lang replied that he would and proceeded to check the coffin twice before it was committed to the ground. The second time he checked it was missing and Lang called the police.

Conard defended his behaviour, saying: “This isn’t something I normally do. I just have a respect for fine musical instruments.” He is currently on remand at Brown County Jail.