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100-year-old violin stolen from parked car in Minneapolis

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Minneapolis police are asking for your help in finding a more than 100-year-old violin that was stolen from a parked car earlier this month.

The theft was reported on Aug. 5. On that day, the victim made two stops between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. -- one on the 2700 block of Lyndale Ave. S. and another between 38th Street and Pleasant Ave. S.

The violin was made in the late 1800s and is valued at $5,000.


- "Bretton" inscribed on the interior of the violin

- 3/4 size chin rest

- Rusty red-orange color

- Some repaired cracks on the sides

- Tailpiece is the same color as the rest of the violin (not the common black)


The violin case is distinctive with a black bottom and beat- up wood top. The exterior once had a leather strap and the remains are on each side of the case's handle. The violin is encased in a zippered section lined with green flannel and the rest of the interior is lined with green velvet. Inside one of two small compartments in the interior are stored extra, distinctive, tuning pegs that are the same color as the violin with carved with balls on the ends.


Contact Officer Michael Hentges at 612-673-5590 or michael.hentges@minneapolismn.gov.

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