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In answer to another thread. (1.) Has anyone had a sax stolen and gotten it back? (2.) Did the police have anything to do with recovering it ?. (I can hear the crickets already)
 

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It's not a saxophone, but my brother and his girlfriend had a good amount of things stolen out of the girl's car, including both of their cell phones, a book of CDs, and various other things, and he got a good amount of it back. (Not everything, as some of it was ruined by the thief or just not found, presumably already sold off before the police recovered what they did.)
 

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I seem to recall that there was someone in Boston, recently, who had their instrument stolen and it was recovered as the music store the theif was selling it too was privy enough to call the police.
 

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whaler said:
In answer to another thread. (1.) Has anyone had a sax stolen and gotten it back? (2.) Did the police have anything to do with recovering it ?. (I can hear the crickets already)
Yes and Yes. Please see that other thread.
 

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Like I am saying, you should thank Best Music for the recovery of your horn. You are one of the lucky few. Believe me, I checked all of the local music stores and pawn shops every other day for quite a while (somebody had to do it) and didn't have your luck.
 

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I had a flute stolen once, out of my house, along with a number of other things. Police came, looked around, said "Your friends did it." They didn't find (we later did) the window the burglar jimmied, nor did they talk to the 80-year-old lady who lived next door: burglar tried her house after ours, and she chased 'em away! All this we discovered later. Police were useless in this particular case.
 

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I had an old beat up Datsun with probably $4 in pennies in the center console. It was broken into in Seattle and they took all my change. I was relieved that they missed the $8,000 worth of instruments and gear in the trunk. Since then, I've never left a thing in my car unless I wanted it stolen.

I let the pennies go.
 

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Reedsplinter: Please see my last comment in the sticky. DAVE
Well, OK, but: this is what happened. I wasn't really badmouthing the police, I was just describing something. And I did say "in this instance." Nothing in my narrative is contrary to the facts.
 

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The fact is -- and this is with all due respect to everyone -- my case was small (yes, yes, it was a flute case, I know): we were out maybe $500, my only flute, and a rare piece of jewelry (value unknown) that was a family heirloom my mother had given my then wife as a wedding gift. I was in graduate school at the time. The police frankly weren't interested in the case, and actually I understand that: they had many far more important things to do. However, all this stuff did matter to us; and, being a grad student, I was appalled to lose $500 worth of stuff. So the whole situation was a sad catch-22. I knew why they didn't spend a whole lot of time on us; probably they had their priorities right. That didn't make me feel any better.

Guess what: the real villain in the story was the burglar! Go figger.:D
 

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1) I recently had a saxophone stolen in May and got it back in June. 2)No the police had nothing to do with it, a friend of mine found it. I posted stuff all over the web (ie. facebook, myspace, this site, and others...)
 

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1) I recently had a saxophone stolen in May and got it back in June. 2)No the police had nothing to do with it, a friend of mine found it. I posted stuff all over the web (ie. facebook, myspace, this site, and others...)
One of the lucky few! But still reinforces my view on the chance of police finding, or caring about finding stolen property. Where did your friend find it?
 

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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.
 

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At least they were civil to him. I'm keeping my little mp3 voice recorder ready for the next time the police pull me over (you know musicians do work at night) and they talk to me like I was their wife.
 

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Trying not to appear to be TOO defensive, let me say this about gearaholic's post . . . misconduct (discourtesy, negligence, etc.) is an actionable disciplinary matter in all police agencies. A response like that would almost always result in disciplinary action against the offending officer (or employee - we don't know who the person was who gave such a rude answer).

I've been there and done that, as a commandimng officer and a police chief.

There are anectdotal descriptions here but certainly not indicative of a whole "profession". If anyone here comes across such rudeness and unresponsiveness, I recommend you immediately contact a superior officer and make a complaint. DAVE
 

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I found a stolen Yamaha YBS 23 (onsale for $250!!!) at an antique shop across the street from city hall here in Barrie, Ontario. I saw the school's initials on the case. I informed the store and I called the music teacher (a friend and sax player also) from the school right there from the shop. The teacher said there had been a break in at the school a few nights before and a number of instruments were taken including the bari. The police were notified and the horn was returned to the school.
 
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