Alice Cooper’s Stolen ‘Wayne’s World’ Jacket Recovered After One Year Missing
Almost exactly one year ago to the day, a storage facility which houses the Alice Cooper Archives was broken into. A number of items were stolen such as a large quantity of vinyl records, the original sculpture used to create Cooper's 'Hey Stoopid' album cover and perhaps most importantly, a John Richmond jacket which was worn by Cooper during his iconic cameo in 'Wayne's World.' Luckily for Cooper, one year after the burglary, the jacket has been found!
In a March 29, 2012 post on Alice Cooper's official website, details regarding the burglary, along with pictures of stolen items, were shared with the hope of locating part of Cooper's beloved collection. Multiple storage units were broken into on the same night, so Cooper was not believed to be targeted specifically, although many valuable collectors items were stolen.
After finally recovering the 'Wayne's World' jacket, an update alerting fans of the good news was posted on Alice Cooper's website:
Around this time last year the Alice Cooper Archives in Los Angeles were broken into. Most of the Archives collection was spared, though we did loose some important pieces from Alice's career. Among the stolen items were the sculpture used for the "Hey Stoopid" album cover, and a John Richmond jacket worn by Alice in the movie Wayne's World! We did a post about the stolen items, and the break-in received quite a bit of attention.
Though most of the items have never been seen again, we were contacted in early March of this year by the LAPD indicating that the the John Richmond jacket was found and turned in! The story we got was that an anonymous gentleman claimed to have found it in good condition behind a dumpster in Culver City, CA. The man seemed to know what he had found and immediately took it to the LAPD in Culver City. Apparently he wanted to remain anonymous and was not interested in any reward.
The LAPD contacted us, arrangements were made to have it picked up and it was finally sent home to Alice in Phoenix. Alice is thrilled to have it back, so much so that he took it out of it's glass case and is now wearing it regularly!
Thanks to all of you who kept your eye out for it. Because of the publicity and the number of reposts to the original story, the thieves must have realized they had a one of a kind piece with a limited market who would be aware that it was stolen.
Keep your eyes out for Alice's missing treasures! And get pumped for Cooper's upcoming co-headlining 'Masters of Madness' tour with Marilyn Manson.