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Music teacher charged with stealing instruments arrested again

Updated: 03/21/2014 12:22 AM
Created: 03/20/2014 5:06 PM WHEC.com

News10NBC is following up on the shocking arrest of a music teacher accused of stealing instruments from her school, selling them at pawn shops and using the money to buy heroin. News10NBC has learned the teacher was arrested two times this week.

Danielle Conner-Willowglade is a teacher at Keshequa Elementary, Middle and High School. Her boyfriend, Nicholas Bump, is accused of helping sell the stolen instruments.

Conner-Willowglade made bail earlier this week. Police say they found her with heroin and she was arrested again. 

Investigator Christopher Burns said, “We found receipts that she had that she went to two different pawn shops and Thursday morning, we recovered one more French horn from the trunk of her rental car, so clearly there are more instruments out there.”

State police have recovered a number of the instruments. Troopers say Conner-Willowglade admitted to taking 50 from her school. She is facing a grand larceny charge, which means she's accused of stealing more than $3,000 worth of instruments. Investigators believe the couple has been bringing them to pawn shops for at least a year.

Burns said, “She was arrested on the Livingston County charges on Tuesday afternoon. She made bail Tuesday night. Wednesday morning, she was re-arrested in Monroe County on those charges and found to possess more heroin again Wednesday morning; she was arraigned on those charges in Monroe County.”

The couple is facing charges in Livingston and Monroe counties. Police say the instruments were sold at pawn shops in Monroe County. We are still waiting to hear back from the Keshequa School District to learn about her current status.

UPDATE: News10NBC spoke with the superintendent of Keshequa Central School. He wouldn't comment on the arrest, but did say Connor-Willowglade is not being allowed on school grounds. The superintendent says he will release more information on the matter on Friday.





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