The antique Jetson Gilbert violin, made in 1939, was just one of many items recovered after police executed a search warrant in an apartment they described as a "department store" of stolen goods.
Yesterday, the Victoria Police Department announced the stolen antique violin has been returned to its owner. It is just one of the items recovered after police executed a search warrant last week at an Esquimalt apartment and found several thousand dollars worth of goods alleged to have been stolen.
According to police, the violin was stolen on Aug. 8. The 80-year-old owner left it in her car after returning from a senior's centre where she had been performing.
Items recovered by police include devices such as laptops, IPods, cell phones, and e-readers, as well as guitars and credit cards. Police are currently examining the items in an attempt to return them to their rightful owners.
A tourist from Alberta was able to lead police to where the goods were being stored. The Times Colonist reports Tanya Huether was visiting in Saanich when the home she was staying at was broken into on Aug. 13. About $4,000 worth of goods were taken including Huether's IPad.
Huether's brother was able to use the Find My Friends app on the IPad to zero in on the location where his sister's IPad was. Huether went to the location, walked through the parking lot, and saw her backpack sitting on the seat of a car.
The Saanich News reports the four occupants of the apartment were arrested. Theodore Turko, 30, Nancy Klein, 39, Natasha Day, 26, and Michael Merrick, 31, faces charges of break and enter, possession of stolen property, and breach of probation.
The investigation is continuing and more charges may be laid.