- Associated Press - Saturday, December 10, 2011

BURLINGTON, VT. (AP) - A Vermont man is seeking the return of a 1972 Fender Telecaster electric guitar that his late brother received during a 1991 trip to Seattle arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Ben Hardy says his brother Josh was 17 when he hung out with Nirvana, jammed with the Posies and received the guitar that had been autographed by Pearl Jam. The teen died from cancer three months after returning to the family’s home in Durham, N.H.

Ben Hardy tells the Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/vOCi2J) that the guitar was stolen from his Burlington home between Thanksgiving and Dec. 5 while he was in Peru.

His father says a money clip belonging to a son killed in Iraq was also stolen. Mother Donna Hardy says the thieves “can’t take the memories.”

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