New charges against music teacher accused of stealing and selling students' instruments for drug money

Updated: 03/21/2014 5:25 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 4:40 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

There are new charges against a music teacher accused of stealing her students’ instruments and selling them to get money for drugs.

When Danielle Conner-Willowglade answered to the charges Friday afternoon in Irondequoit, News10NBC found out where some of the instruments ended up.

Conner-Willowglade was arrested at her home Friday and brought to the Irondequoit Town Court to face new charges of stealing musical instruments from the school where she worked. She walked silently with her head down as she was escorted from the courthouse after pleading not guilty to the new charges Friday afternoon.

The 30-year-old music teacher was first arrested earlier this week by state police in Livingston County when a trooper noticed a tuba in the back seat of her car during a traffic stop.

Conner-Willowglade works in the Keshequa School District and police say she has admitted to pawning up to 50 instruments to get cash for her heroin addiction. According to the police report, one of the stores where she pawned the instruments was Hollywood Treasures on East Ridge Road in Irondequoit. Police say she unloaded 24 of the instruments there on 22 different occasions over the course of a year. The instruments are valued at between $300 and $700 each.

She's charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Her boyfriend also faces charges. The district attorney says he believes they have a strong case.

Eric Hurd, Assistant District Attorney, said, “There was a confession or at least statements made to officers with regard to the thefts in Livingston County and I think that leads a lot of credibility to the case.”

Conner-Willowglade's family was at the arraignment, but did not want to comment. A judge set her bail at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

State police have recovered more than half of the instruments.

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