Police: Man takes valuable flute left at ‘T’ stop
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Police say surveillance pictures show a man making off with a valuable flute that a woman accidentally left behind at a “T” stop.
To a musician, an instrument is invaluable -- but they can also be worth a lot of money.
The one inside the case in surveillance pictures costs $4,000 and Boston police say it doesn't belong to the man carrying it.
“It would just be a miracle if it was returned to me,” said the owner of the flute.
The rightful owner didn't want her face shown; she’s a student a Berklee College of Music.
She says she had hopped on the Red Line when she realized she left her flute at the Park Street station. Surveillance video shows a man walking off with it moments later.
“It's a limb for me. It’s a child for me. It’s very much a part of me,” the owner said.
The words ring true with other musicians. Back in 2010, a Berklee professor who left her violin on the “T” put it the same way.
“It's like leaving your leg behind. Imagine doing that for half a day and not realizing you had left your leg on the trolley,” said Valerie Taylor, violin owner.
That woman was later reunited with her 41-year-old instrument. In 2011, a violin worth one $172,000 was returned to the musician who left it on a bus.
The owner of the flute hopes that with some help, her story will also end on a high note.
“It's a child for me. It’s very much a part of me,” she said.
Anyone with information is urged to call police.