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News Release

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Media Relations

Stolen Violin Turned In


Los Angeles: A citizen walking his dog yesterday evening, April 20, 2005, turned in a violin and bow to the West Valley police station of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The finder said he found the violin in its cloth carrier while he was walking his dog. The exact location was not disclosed by police, but it was in a public area in the vicinity of the original theft.

The violin was reported taken from a car in the parking lot of the Pavilions supermarket on Vanowen Street on April 17, 2005.

The violin was valued at $500,000 and the bow at $350,000. Both items were in good condition.

Lindsey Deutsch, who reported the items stolen, has verified the found violin and bow are the ones taken from her car.

Police are holding the violin for printing. The name of the finder was not released, pending his complete interview by detectives.

The LAPD's Art Theft Unit is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Don Hrycyk at 213-485-2524. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).