About $15K Worth of Band Equipment Stolen From Pasadena School; Some Items Recovered

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A portion of some $15,000 worth of stolen musical instruments belonging to a Pasadena school have been recovered and are expected to be returned to the campus Monday, officials said.

Band members are seen practicing at Marshal Fundamental High School on March 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Band members are seen practicing at Marshal Fundamental High School on March 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Pasadena police responded to a burglary report at Marshal Fundamental Secondary School on Tuesday, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department news release.  The school serves as a middle and high school teaching sixth through 12th-grade students.

About 10 percent of the band's inventory was stolen, including flutes, saxophones, trumpets and trombones, a 50-inch TV, sound system, a guitar and an amplifier, school official's said.

It was estimated to be worth about $15,000.

The equipment was believed to have been taken between Saturday and Tuesday, L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Cruz Solis said.

On Tuesday night, deputies from the Altadena station spotted a man rummaging through a 2001 Mercedes-Benz station wagon on East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, the news release stated.

Inside the vehicle, deputies found numerous musical instruments and other electronic equipment.

The equipment was marked "Property of Pasadena School District," and deputies realized Friday they were items stolen from the campus, Solis said.

The equipment found was believed to be worth thousands of dollars, but did not account for all of what was stolen, he added.

“It was not a majority of what was stolen by any stretch,” Solis said.

Solis described the recovered equipment as a 60-inch TV, amplifier, mixer and other items.

The items were expected to be returned to the school Monday, he said.

The man spotted with the car managed to escape on foot. He was described as Hispanic, about 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighing approximately 170 pounds, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A Go Fund Me account was set up for anyone who would like to make a donation to the band, which participated in a performance at the school Friday night, and was set to perform again at Disneyland on Saturday.

Anyone with information about the theft was encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Department's Altadena Station at 626-798-1131.

KTLA's Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report. 

Correction: The article originally misidentified the amount of equipment that was recovered and the exact days the items were stolen and found. It has since been updated.

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