The Stradivarius cello known as “General Kyd” which was stolen in late April has not yet been found, but they’ve got tape of the suspect with cello from a neighbor’s surveillance tape.
In the neighborhood where the cello was last seen, the police plan to (have gone?) go door-to-door to blanket the area with reward fliers. They think the thief may live in the Loz Feliz neighborhood.
Has anyone seen such a flier? I’d love to see it scanned in and posted at blogging.la.
My favorite snippet of this article:
…A grainy surveillance camera videotape from a neighbor’s home showed a man lugging the 4 1/2-foot-tall silver-colored cello case in one hand as he tries to ride away on the bicycle. A few moments later, there is the sound of a crash as he apparently runs into some trash cans on the sidewalk, said Detective Donald Hrycyk of the LAPD’s art theft detail…
For more about what was seen on the tape, see another source below.
Here’s a clip from the AP article from May 7:
A grainy surveillance camera videotape from a neighbor’s home showed a man lugging the 4.5-foot (1.35 meters) tall silver-colored cello case in one hand as he tries to ride away on the bicycle.
The flier said the thief appears to be between 15 and 26 years old.
It was unclear whether the thief had targeted the cello or it was crime of opportunity, the detective said.
In an earlier part of the videotape, the bicyclist is seen riding up the hilly street past the home. He later is seen returning, parking the bike, and disappearing, only to return to the street carrying the cello case. [read full story on andante.com]