Former child star of School Of Rock arrested for ‘shoplifting £2,000-worth of guitars and selling them to pawn shops’

THE guitar-playing former child star of Jack Black film School Of Rock has been arrested in Florida – for allegedly shoplifting guitars.

Joey Gaydos Jr, 27, who played musical prodigy Zack Mooneyham in the hit 2003 film opposite Jack Black, allegedly stole £2,000 worth of high-end instruments.

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Joey Gaydos Jr is accused of stealing £2,000-worth of high-end guitars and selling them on to pawn shops[/caption]

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Gaydos, left, starred opposite Jack Black in the 2003 hit film School Of Rock[/caption]

He then sold the guitars – a Gibson Les Paul worth $1900 (£1,440) and a Fender Stratocaster worth $699 (£530) – on to pawn shops, police say.

CCTV footage allegedly shows one the four apparent thefts at a guitar shop in Venice, Florida.

Gaydos is allegedly seen strumming the instrument and casually nodding at a customer before strolling out as a staff member is distracted.

It is alleged that Gaydos also stole guitar amps including one from his own father to fund a drug habit, TMZ reported.

Police say that Gaydos Jr blamed a drug problem and confessed to the guitar thefts in an interview.

But he later entered a not guilty plea in court – and he has not yet entered a plea on the alleged guitar amp thefts.


Gaydos is due in court again later this month, according to Sarasota Sheriff documents.

It is not the his first brush with the law – after the former actor was arrested for drink-driving in 2009 aged just 17.

Police records show that Gaydos is now unemployed.

He did not do any more acting after appearing in School of Rock, according to movie database site IMDB.

The film, which grossed $131m worldwide (£99.5m), followed the story of a substitute teacher leading a group of posh private school children into forming a band.

It inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber to write a musical that has appeared on Broadway and in the West End.

Gaydos is allegedly seen holding a guitar, top right, and walking out of a shop in Venice, Florida

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Gaydos, right, with School Of Rock star Jack Black in the 2003 film[/caption]

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The former child actor did not go on to have any other major roles[/caption]

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