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Woman with missing violin seen on 38-Geary surveillance camera

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Police are asking for help finding a missing violin that was taken from a Muni bus last month, police said Thursday.

The original headline of this story mischaracterized the individual shown in the surveillance video as a violin “thief.” The individual depicted has not been identified nor charged with any crime. The headline has been revised to more accurately reflect the story.

On Feb. 20 the violin’s owner carried the instrument onto a 38-Geary bus at Geary Boulevard and Sixth Avenue but then accidentally left it when he got off at Geary Boulevard and 33rd Avenue.

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Police said using video surveillance from the bus, investigators learned that just minutes later, a woman picked up the violin case and got off the bus at Geary Boulevard and 42nd Avenue.

The violin, valued at $1,200, has yet to been turned in to police or Muni lost and found, police said.

Police have released surveillance images in hopes that someone can help identify the woman seen taking the violin.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco police 24-hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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