CHICAGO — The owner of a recording studio returned a 170-year-old stolen violin to its owner Sunday after buying the $10,000 instrument on the street for $40.
"I could see it was a real beautiful instrument," said Bruce Thompson, who was approached outside his Chicago studio by a man trying to sell the violin.
"At first I said, 'No, that thing's hot, man,' " Thompson said. "Then I looked inside the case. I could see a lot of love in that case."
Thompson called the owner, Ted Knight of suburban Morton Grove, whose phone number was printed inside the case.
The theft occurred Friday night after Knight and two fellow musicians, who make up the Franz Royal Strings performing trio, had finished playing for a college fund-raiser at a Chicago hotel.