WA man searching for valuable stolen violin

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A Vancouver, Wash., man says he's spent hours trying to locate a valuable violin stolen from his truck.

Arthur LaBrant says the violin was made in Paris in 1889. He says it's been appraised at around $17,000.

LaBrant says the instrument was in his truck on April 20 when he parked outside the Clark College music building for an hour-long choir practice. When he returned, the back window of his truck was smashed and the violin was gone. His wife Rebecca says he had come from a practice where he needed the violin.

Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp tells The Columbian that a detective is actively investigating the case. She urges people not to keep valuables in their vehicles. She says thieves are apt to just bash out the windows and take what they want.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com