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Stolen cello reported found in Minneapolis

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

What was lost is found.

A valuable cello, stolen from Scott Lykins, a 2004 Brainerd High School graduate, was reported recovered Friday.


WCCO and KARE 11 reported police responded to a 911 call Friday from a man stating a cello in a case was recovered on Harriet Avenue South.

KSTP TV reported a tip caller brought one of its news crews to the Soo Line Community Garden in south Minneapolis and pointed out the cello case in the grass, saying a friend had stolen the instrument. The news crew contacted the Minneapolis police, who opened the cello case.

Lykins, the artistic director of the Brainerd area’s Lakes Area Music Festival, reported the cello was discovered missing from an unlocked vehicle in the early morning hours of March 10. Lykins, 26, bought the cello in 2007. He planned to use it to audition for the New World Symphony in Miami and with the Minnesota Orchestra at the end of April.

It was unclear from early reports if the cello sustained any damage. KSTP reported it emailed a photo of the cello case to Lykins who confirmed it belonged to him. Lykins told KSTP he would take the cello to the craftsman who created it if repairs were needed.