Violinist pleads for return of stolen instrument

May 27, 2010 4:37:17 AM PDT
An aspiring concert violinist is pleading for the return of her stolen violin. Harmonnia Junus, 22, says she feels lost without her violin."Playing violin has been an escape for me," she said. "I've been through a lot and it's always been there for me."

Junus is an aspiring concert violinist and says someone stole her hand-crafted violin, bows and other supplies worth $50,000.

More than anything else, she just wants it back.

"Hopefully someone will find the instrument and return it to me," Junus said.

She says the car was parked in a parking garage adjacent to the Rego Park Mall on Queens Boulevard.

There are security cameras in the garage, so she's hoping the crime was caught on camera, or that someone saw something that might help police track down the person who stole the instrument.

In the meantime, she's pleading for its return, because, in her mind, it's priceless.

It was a gift from her mother who died two years ago.

"Return it and I'll give you a reward," she said. "If they don't have it in their hearts to return it, at least take care of it. Don't do anything bad to it."

The violin was not insured.

She says she'd mistakenly allowed the insurance to lapse.

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