£1.2m violin stolen as musician ate
Published 06/12/2010 | 17:45
Thieves made off with a £1.2 million antique Stradivarius violin when a classical musician went to buy a sandwich.
Min-Jin Kym, 32, was targeted when she sat down to eat at a branch of Pret A Manger outside London's Euston railway station.
The Korean-born violinist suddenly noticed the black case containing the 300-year-old instrument was missing.
Police have appealed to the public to help them track down the instrument which they believe would be almost impossible to resell.
Detective Inspector Andy Rose, of British Transport Police, said a £15,000 reward had been put up by Miss Kym's insurers.
He said: "These items hold enormous sentimental and professional value for the victim, but although they are extremely valuable, it would be very difficult to sell them on as they are so rare and distinctive that they will be easily recognised as stolen property.
"It's possible the instrument will be offered for sale within the antique or musical trade and we ask anyone who has any knowledge of the violin's whereabouts to come forward so it can be returned to its rightful owner."
The instrument, which was stolen on Monday November 29, was a 1696 Antonio Stradivarius violin, valued at about £1.2 million. A £62,000 Peccatte bow was also in the case.
The violin has a number of unique identifying marks, including visible repair marks under the instrument's bridge and a specially-moulded chin strap.
Detectives believe the items could have been taken to another major city, possibly Liverpool or Newcastle.