Joe Ely Reunited With Stolen Guitar—Only to Be Robbed Again

What started out as a warm reunion with a beloved instrument turned into a nighmare of theft for Texas legend Joe Ely.

On Tuesday (March 12), Joe was reunited with a custom Newman guitar that was stolen from his van some 27 years earlier in San Francisco. The instrument was returned to Joe when a local musician, Matt Wright, purchased it from an area pawn shop and, after realizing it was stolen, set out to return it to its rightful owner.

Nice, huh?

However, on Wednesday, while lunching at a Denny's in Vallejo, Calif., misfortune struck again. A man driving a car pulled up next to Joe's van, smashed the window and stole items from the backseat, including two laptops, an iPad and a briefcase that contained, among other things, Joe's passport.

None of the items have yet been located. 

 

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