Joey Gaydos Jr., aka “Zack-Attack” Mooneyham in Richard Linklater’s School of Rock, has hardly been the teacher’s pet these days. No, he’s jamming out to the ol’ “Jailhouse Rock”.
According to TMZ, Gaydos, Jr. is facing felony charges in Florida for larceny and grand theft after cops busted him not one, not two, not three, but four times over the past five weeks for stealing guitars and an amplifier.
Cops told TMZ that Gaydos, Jr. has been walking in and out of guitar shops with guitars after testing them, only to unload them at pawn shops. So far, he’s taken an $800 Les Paul Epiphone Prophecy, a $700 Fender Strat, and a $1900 Gibson Les Paul gold top. He tried nabbing an amp on his latest go-around.
Joey Gaydos Jr., Mugshots, Stolen Guitars, TMZ
Joey Gaydos Jr. Mugshots (via TMZ)
As for why he’s stealing them, Gaydos, Jr. admitted to having a drug problem to the cops, only to plead not guilty in court for the guitars. He’s yet to give a plea for the amp, though it’s quite possible that the legend of the rent was simply way hardcore.
(Read: What Ever Happened to the School of Rock Kids?)
This isn’t the first run-in with the law for Gaydos, Jr. In 2009, he was arrested for an underage DUI in Michigan after cops reported that he was trying to drive away from a Taco Bell while intoxicated.
Revisit Zack’s better days with the class below, specifically their 2013 reunion in Austin.
Joey Gaydos Jr.: Former School Of Rock Kid Charged For Allegedly Stealing Guitars
Joey Gaydos Jr., who played lead guitarist Zack in the movie School of Rock, has been charged with multiple felonies in the state of Florida for theft related to musical objects.
Specifically, TMZ reports that Gaydos is facing felony charges for larceny and grand theft after he was caught by police trying to allegedly steal guitars and an amplifier on four occasions over the last five weeks.
Per TMZ, police say that Gaydos has been walking into guitar stores in Florida, asking to try a guitar, then walking out of the store with the guitar without paying for them. Police also say he’s been using these stolen guitars to sell them at pawn shops, and that some of these guitars are worth thousands of dollars.
Gaydos has not made a public statement on the matter, but TMZ reports that Gaydos confessed to the charges and blamed a drug problem.
Here’s what you need to know:
In 2016, Gaydos Was Working as a Guitar Teacher to Children in Michigan
In 2016, Gaydos was based in Michigan, working (ironically) as a guitar teacher for children in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Gaydos, then-25 years old, worked at the Ann Arbor Music Center, according to MLive.
At the time, Gaydos was teaching during the week and touring on the weekends with Uncle Kracker, the publication reports. To MLive, Gaydos said, “I always say, as long as I have a guitar in my hands, I should be pretty happy for the rest of my life.”
One of Gaydos’ clients said to the publication, “He’s very friendly and patient. He’s also very skilled, an expert in his area.”
Gaydos Played in a Number of Musical Groups Following His School of Rock Breakthrough
According to MLive, Gaydos received multiple acting offers following his stint on School of Rock, but he turned those down in favor of pursuing his true passion: music.
He played in a number of bands over the years, including The Joey Gaydos Group and Stereo Jane, according to MLive.
Gaydos Has an Active Instagram With Over 5,000 Followers
On his Instagram account, Gaydos will often post videos of himself playing guitar, including the one above. His bio for his Instagram reads, “🎸 Do What Thou Wilt”
In one post, Gaydos writes, “Can still 🤘 a little bit, even on a “jazz guitar” hah. No doubt certain instruments lend themselves to certain qualities, but isn’t the goal to pick up anything and sound like YOU? Thanks for always steering me away from being a clone Dad, @guitarjoey the original”
Gaydos’ Instagram is filled with photos of various guitars with a location tag in Florida, like this one and this one, but it’s unclear if these are the same guitars that led to his felony charges.
'School Of Rock' Kid Guitarist Facing 4 Felonies Over Stolen Guitars
"School of Rock" star Joey Gaydos Jr. is rocking a seriously sad tune ... about stealing guitars, or at least about getting busted for jacking 'em.
Joey, who played lead guitarist Zack, in Jack Black's fictional school band, is facing felony charges in Florida for larceny and grand theft ... after cops busted him 4 times in the last 5 weeks for allegedly stealing guitars and an amplifier.
According to cops, Joey is making a bad habit of walking into stores, asking to test guitars, walking out with the instrument without paying ... and then unloading them at pawn shops.
Police say Joey's string of heists began early this year ... when he allegedly nabbed a blue Les Paul Epiphone Prophecy valued at $800, a black Fender Stratocaster worth $699, and a Gibson Les Paul gold top with a $1,900 price tag.
Zack Attack's got expensive taste!!!
Of course, every good electric guitar needs a kickass amp ... so naturally, he also got busted for stealing an amplifier.
According to cops, Joey confessed and blamed a drug problem. However, in court he entered not guilty pleas for the guitars. He's yet to give a plea in the amp case.