Thief hits a sour note with senior citizen band

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EDMOND, Okla – For decades, she was known around here as Rock & Roll Granny.

79-year-old Charlene Wilkes’ musical taste has evolved over the years, but she still loves to perform.

Charlene is the lead singer and bass player for Oklahoma Country Express.

The band plays every Friday at the Nicoma Park Community Center.

Wilkes told us, “We sing classics like Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain.”

But one night, while Charlene and her husband, Julian slept, someone broke into their mini van through a crack in the window.

The intruder stole Charlene’s bass guitar, amplifiers and microphones.

The auto burglar left behind Julian’s expensive cowboy boots.

But the weekly door prizes were taken.

And worst of all, Charlene’s treasure trove of songs.

Charlene said, “You can’t put a value on that, no way!”

The equipment was valued at around $1,700.

Plus, the crook lifted a coin purse with $200, the Wilkes’ kept for emergencies.

Charlene said, “You know what, I hope if they go buy food with that they get, every time they eat I hope it makes them sick.”

The crooks clearly could not steal their sense of humor, or Charlene and Julian’s lifetime love of music.