Police seek help finding stolen cello valued at $8,500

Police are seeking the public's help in locating a 16-year-old girl's cello, valued at $8,500, that was stolen earlier this month from a Union Square area parking garage, Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday.

On April 11, about 9 p.m., two suspects broke into the victim's vehicle in a parking garage in the 100 block of O'Farrell Street, Esparza said. Surveillance video captured the crime.

In the video, a woman can be seen rummaging through the vehicle while her male accomplice waits in the getaway car, Esparza said. Police also released two still shots of the suspects standing in front of an elevator.

The suspects stole the cello and several items from the vehicle, Esparza said. The cello is a Emilio Stradella, Model: Montagnana and is valued at $8,500, Esparza said. It's serial number is No. 1115 Anno 2014. It was bought at Roland Feller violin makers in San Francisco.

The male suspect in the case is described as 5-foot-9, about 170 pounds with a shaved head and is between 30 and 40 years old, Esparza said. The woman is described as 5-foot-5 with a medium build and brown hair, between 20 and 30 years old.

Anyone with information on the suspects or cello is encouraged to call police Sgt. Alicia Castillo at (415) 345-7300 or the anonymous tipline at (415) 575-4444 or by text at TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.

This is not the first time a man and woman swiped an expensive cello in The City in the past couple years.

In 2013, a cello worth $10,000 was stolen from an unlocked storage unit in the Conservatory of Music. In that incident, the cello was found days later leaning against the door of the War Memorial Opera House.

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