If you don’t recognize Joey Gaydos, that’s because the last time you saw him was probably when he was a little kid. The actor was the tiny lead guitarist in School of Rock with Jack Black. As it turns out, he could have afforded to learn a little bit more during his rock n’ roll education — mainly, if you’re going to steal from a music store, you’re going to get caught because cameras are everywhere.
According to TMZ, Gaydos is facing charges of larceny and grand theft after being arrested for allegedly stealing guitars and an amplifier a whopping four times in five weeks. The heists were simple: He’d allegedly walk into a music shop, pretend to be trying out instruments, then walk out with the goods and pawn his stolen prizes. The lifted items reportedly included an $800 Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul, a $699 Fender Stratocaster, and a $1,900 Gibson Les Paul. Cops reportedly released security footage to the public, and when the actor allegedly tried to swipe a $2,000 Les Paul from a Sarasota Sam Ash on Feb. 11, 2019, employees recognized him. TMZ reported that he was followed to his car “where customers reportedly blocked him in until police arrived.”