THIEF RETURNS GUITAR

lakata-guitar-090811Dale Lakata’s guitar at Jamian’s Thursday evening. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The man whose plucking of a performer’s beloved acoustic guitar from a Red Bank bar was captured on video surveillance early Monday has returned the instrument.

Jamian¬ís Food & Drink owner Jamian Laviola tells redbankgreen the thief walked into the Monmouth Street bar Thursday afternoon, instrument in hand, and expressed remorse for what he’d done.

“He said, ‘I was drunk, that’s not me, I’m not like that,” Laviola said as he awaited the arrival of borough police, who wanted the guitar as evidence.

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