Stolen guitar found, but Pearl Jam autographs gone

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(CBS/AP) The stolen 1972 Fender Telecaster electric guitar authographed by members of Pearl Jam for a teenager with a brain tumor has been recovered, but the signatures are gone, police in Vermont say.

According to The Burlington Free Press Jeffrey Leduc, 25, and Timothy Crews, 51, have been jailed on charges of possession of stolen property. Police say the autographs were sanded off.

Ben Hardy said his ailing brother Josh received the guitar autographed by members of Pearl Jam in 1991 in Seattle. It was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Josh died several months later at the family's home in Durham, N.H.

The guitar and other items were taken from Hardy's home between Thanksgiving and Dec. 5 while he was away.