PASADENA >> Police and school officials on Tuesday asked the public for help in locating 51 musical instruments missing after a robbery at John Marshall Basic Secondary School.
A burglar took away $ 15,000 of items from the school on February 28. MPs have since recovered a television, two USB drives, three walkie-talkies, a saxophone, a flute and three guitar amplifiers.
“Monday night I went (to the sheriff’s office) and identified two instruments, but it’s still not enough to have a music program,” music teacher and band director Joel Lopez said during of a press conference held Tuesday at the school, 990 Allen Avenue North.
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The band were able to perform at the All-District Secondary Music Festival on Friday and at Disneyland the next day using instruments borrowed from other schools in the district, alumni and colleagues at Lopez.
The burglars reportedly fled with 53 instruments. None are insured.
“I put my instrument down on Friday (February 27) before they were stolen, then on Monday (March 2) I realized all the flutes were gone,” said Melody Botello, 13, eighth grader. in Beginning Band and fanfare. . “I didn’t know why, but we had a sub so I couldn’t ask around.”
Jane Bradford, president of the Marshall Music Boosters club, said the club’s goal is to replace instruments and purchase new lockable storage cabinets with the $ 5,000 in checks and over $ 15,000 donated via a page GoFundMe rolled out Thursday, but it could cost over $ 30,000. .
Pasadena Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said the burglary investigation was ongoing.
“Obviously there’s a lot of public attention right now, so they can keep it quiet for a bit,” Ibarra said of the criminals. “But yeah, look at Craigslist. If anyone is found with school instruments for fifty years, especially with marks belonging to the school, give us a call. This is unusual.
Some of the stolen items were found on March 3 by deputies from the Altadena police station. MPs saw a man rummage through a 2001 Mercedes-Benz station wagon in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on the night of March 3. When the deputies approached, he fled.
Lt. Rob Lewis of the Altadena Police Station said he informed a Pasadena police sergeant that they had impounded a car with potentially stolen goods, but police were not aware of the theft until March 4. On March 6, MPs were informed of the burglary and were searched. the car at that time.