Crime

He caused more than $5,000 in damage to iconic Hard Rock guitar, cops say

A Mobile man was arrested Monday after he damaged the iconic guitar that welcomes guests to Hard Rock Casino Biloxi, police say.

Officers responded to the casino after security spotted 28-year-old Jacob Daniel Anderson throwing rocks at the guitar.

Officials found several spots of the guitar that were damaged from the rocks upon further inspection, police said.

The estimated cost to repair the guitar is more than $5,000, Biloxi police Lt. Christopher De Back said.

Anderson was arrested on a malicious mischief charge. He is held at the Harrison County jail on a $25,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong.

The neon-lighted instrument is one of the largest guitar-shaped signs in the world and is a tourist attraction of its own.

It’s 112 feet tall and rises as high as an 11-story building. The $1.9 million sign was built in 2005, just three months before Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Coast.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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