Cello worth $40,000 stolen in Minneapolis

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Mar 20, 2012 at 5:29 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The owner of a $40,000 cello stolen from a sport utility vehicle in Minneapolis is scanning the Internet for any sign of the instrument.

The Star Tribune ( reports the cello, two bows and a case were taken from Scott Lykins' parked vehicle early on March 12.

Lykins is artistic director for the annual Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd. He says the SUV might have been left unlocked while he was with friends celebrating his 26th birthday. He says it's not a vehicle he drives often, and he was unfamiliar with how it locks.

Lykins bought the cello in 2007 from maker James N. McKean of Connecticut.

Although the cello is insured, Lykins is dismayed he won't have it when he attends an audition Wednesday in Rochester, N.Y.

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