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Woman reunited with stolen bass violin

A woman has been reunited with her bass violin, in a story that may encourage musicians to considerinstrument insurance.

Police stopped a 24-year-old man in Nanaimo in Canada after he was seen acting suspiciously.

The thief ran in front of a squad car at 03:00 local time carrying a large violin case on his back.

When questioned about the belongings, the officers concluded that his account was “inconsistent and unbelievable”.

Upon opening the case the police found the name of the rightful owner and told her they had the equipment in their possession.

She explained that the violin had been taken from her car, which the Nanaimo Daily News reported was unlocked.

The publication commented that such instruments can fetch up to CAD $30,000 (£18,804) on the open market.

A teacher in the US was recently not so lucky, after the Yakima Herald-Republic reported how Evan Jones had his “dream guitar” stolen by thieves who ransacked the building where he worked.

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