John Walz announced on Facebook that his 2010 Mario Miralles cello, valued at about $100,000, had been stolen from his room at the Town and Country hotel in San Diego, Calif.On Thursday LA Opera principal cellist
"Yesterday I checked into my hotel in San Diego, went out to dinner, and when I came back, my room had been broken into, everything stolen - including my cello," Walz wrote.
The cello was in a red, carbon fiber one-latch case, and the label inside the cello reads, "Mario Miralles 2010 Altadena, California." Two bows were also in the case: a gold-mounted Garner Wilson and a carbon fiber Arcus.
Police said that someone forced entrance into the unoccupied room between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m on Wednesday, according to the Times of San Diego.
Walz, a former student of the French cellist Pierre Fournier, is a founder and longtime member of the Pacific Trio and is currently principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera. He was principal cellist of the Long Beach Symphony for 20 years.
If you have any information or leads, please contact Walz via his website, http://www.john-walz.com/. San Diego police are also taking tips at (619) 692-4800 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.Tweet
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