An expensive cello has been returned to the musician from whom it was taken, police said Tuesday, but the hunt is still on for the mysterious Bonnie and Clyde-esque pair who swiped the instrument from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Video surveillance from the Oak Street building near the Civic Center on Sunday captured the crooks — apparent lovebirds — holding hands as they cased the joint. A clip showed the man and woman running down a hallway with an instrument believed to be the Bubenreuth cello, valued at about $10,000.
The instrument, reportedly owned by 23-year-old student Adam Young, had been taken from an unlocked storage unit while musicians were performing recitals, police Officer Carlos Manfredi said.
The theft garnered media attention after Young’s father posted a message on Reddit on Monday asking for the public’s help in locating the cello.
Just before midnight Tuesday, the cello was found three blocks away leaning against a door to the War Memorial Opera House on Van Ness Avenue. A security guard spotted it and notified authorities.
But the crooks are not off the hook, Manfredi said, as they will face felony grand theft charges if they are found.