Add a $10,000 Violin to the List of Things You Shouldn't Leave in Your Car in San Francisco

A parked car in San Francisco is just about the least safe place you can leave your valuables. As we've reported in the past, San Francisco has seen a 45% increase in auto burglaries this year. Several musicians have lost guitars and other gear from their touring vans, while the gun that killed Kate Steinle was snagged from the car of a Bureau of Land Management ranger four days before the fatal shooting. 

Don't leave expensive shit in your cars, San Franciscans, especially if it can kill someone, or if it's an irreplaceable 200-year-old violin. 

[jump] According to SFPD, this $10,000-$15,000 violin was stolen from a parked car in a lot on the 1300 block of Webster Street on the evening of November 20. The bandits also made off with a bow worth $4,000, and a violin case worth $3,500. 

The violin was made by George Craske, a British violin maker who lived from 1795-1888. While a George Craske is no Stradivarius (those violins can sell for millions of dollars), the instruments are still highly valuable, and this one has “great sentimental value to the family,” according to SFPD. 

Craske is known as an incredibly prolific violin maker. He made more than 2500 string instruments — largely copies of Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari — while living in “virtual seclusion.” 

SFPD is looking for tips on the violin's whereabouts (SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444, or Text A Tip to TIP411). It may seem like a long shot, but you never know. This summer, NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg was reunited with the Stradivarius that was stolen from her father, violinist Roman Totenberg, 35 years earlier. 

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