And so when workers on the Music Tree Faculty of Music got here to work Wednesday morning, they discovered the clarinet, the cellphone and an apology word ready in a bag exterior the shop, Richmond police mentioned.
“Please forgive I’ve been victimized myself,” learn the word, typed and printed out from a pc. “my payments are piling up. . . . I’m struggling however this doesn’t give me the fitting to victimize anybody and I’m sorry.”
“Whereas we imagine it’s a uncommon prevalence for a suspect to return an merchandise,” Richmond police spokeswoman Chelsea Rarrick mentioned, “the ability of social media can usually encourage individuals to do the fitting factor.”
The person was solely within the faculty for a couple of minutes, mentioned co-owner Invoice Hargis, and took a worthwhile clarinet that the varsity had simply repaired. In watching the video, “it’s fascinating how easy and professional he was,” Hargis mentioned. “He did the fitting factor. He introduced it again.”
Hargis mentioned he and his spouse, who co-owns the Music Tree, hadn’t determined whether or not to press fees. He mentioned it might rely upon whether or not the thief might be recognized, and whether or not this was a one-time mistake, or one in a sequence of dangerous notes.
The episode occurred round 11:40 a.m. Monday, within the Stony Level neighborhood west of downtown Richmond. Hargis mentioned the person parked in a handicapped spot instantly in entrance of the shop, then got here in and instantly requested about shopping for a tambourine, which value about $eight.
On the entrance counter was a Selmer Omega clarinet which had been introduced in by a buyer who had obtained the clarinet as a present, Hargis mentioned. The clarinet sells for $500 or extra, the client wished to learn to play it, and the Music Tree had simply repaired it. “I actually hated calling him to inform him it was stolen,” Hargis mentioned.
The complete surveillance video apparently exhibits the thief shifting the clarinet nearer to himself every time Hargis turns his again, the varsity proprietor mentioned. At one level whereas Hargis was making change for the $eight tambourine, the person reached over and snagged Hargis’s cellphone, Hargis mentioned.
“Then when he walked out the door, he reached down and picked up the clarinet,” Hargis mentioned.
Hargis and his spouse have owned the Music Tree for six years, and solely not too long ago put in the surveillance cameras, although there’s little or no crime within the space across the faculty. “They did precisely what they had been speculated to do,” he mentioned.
That included capturing the second on Wednesday morning when the person introduced the stolen gadgets again. “He did it in a approach we couldn’t see him,” Hargis mentioned, evidently conscious that he was once more being recorded. His word says that neither of the gadgets was harmed, and a second printed word included a quote, which begins: “I anticipate to move via this world however as soon as. Any good factor, due to this fact, that I can do, or any kindness that I can present to any fellow creature, let me do it now.”
The quote is variously attributed to Quaker missionary Stephen Grellet, but in addition to William Penn, Mahatma Gandhi and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Right here’s how the Richmond police, with the assistance of some musical puns, put out their request for assist: