A friend of mine had his Mark VI tenor stolen a while back. He looked around at all the pawn shops and such in the area and filed a police report. After a couple of months he gave up and started looking for a new horn. Shopping on eBay, he came across his own horn! The case and silver-plated neck tipped him off and when he checked the serial number, it was his own. This was in Arkansas. The horn was being sold from Washington state! Luckily for him, the seller was okay with giving him the horn back, though I think he compensated the seller for his help.
On the police end, when he found his horn on the internet, he called the police and described his situation. The policeman on the phone sarcastically asked: "What do you want me to do? Go to Washington and pick it up for you?" He calmly replied: "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realize you didn't know how to use a phone."
I tell him every time I see him how much of a lucky m-er f-er he is.