Authorities: Suspect In Theft Of Eagles Lyrics Is Curator For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

It turns out one of the three man indicted in the theft of handwritten lyrics for the Eagles’ Hotel California album is a music industry insider.

Craig Inciardi — who, along with Edward Kosinski and Glenn Horowitz, was charged Tuesday in the 52-year-old case — is the curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum, Rolling Stone reports. Rock Hall President and CEO Joel Peresman says Inciardi has been suspended pending the outcome of his impending trial. “At this time we do not know whether Craig engaged in any wrongdoing,” Peresman says in a letter to Rock Hall members. “He will remain on leave pending the resolution of the third party internal investigation and the extent of the charges once the indictment is unsealed.”

The 100 pages of lyrics and notes, which are valued at $1 million, were originally stolen by a rock journalist in 1970, prosecutors say. He then peddled the papers to Horowitz, who then sold them to Inciardi and Kosinski, according to Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg. Since then, Inciardi and Kosinski faked ownership records and attempted to sell the lyrics to auction houses, claiming they were the rightful owners, Bragg says.