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Stolen horn returned to Salvation Army Band


The horn section of the Salvation Army band is once again complete. In September, someone stole the band's euphonium, a small tuba. While looking for a new one, the organization found the same horn for sale on eBay.

This horn is just one of a number of instruments in the Waterloo Salvation Army band. The Salvation Army also uses these instruments to teach children music.

"The cost of an instrument, even a base level instrument brand new, you're talking $600 to $800, usually for the most base models. The kids that we serve they can't afford that. Some of them are coming to our programs because they don't have food at home to eat," said Captain Robert Whitney of the Salvation Army.

"We had gone out to play a concert at the Cattle Congress, brought it back, put it in the instrument room, and then Sunday morning I went to grab it to play it for Sunday and it was gone," said Whitney.

The Salvation Army soon gave up hope on getting it back and decided to purchase a new one with the insurance money they received. While looking on eBay Whitney got quite the surprise.

"About halfway down that first page I saw what looked to be our horn so I pulled up the listing and did some research and the serial numbers matched so I called the police and we got the police to get involved in the situation and they recovered the horn and they took it from there," said Whitney.

The police arrested a man who frequented the Salvation Army. Whitney asked us not to name the man, hoping he gets his life back on track.

"The point we can take beyond that is just to continue praying for that person who stole it. Hopefully they understand what they did and they can look for redemption for themselves and move onto a better place in their life," said Whitney.

Police say the man who stole the instrument sold it to a local music store. The store then put it on eBay. The store returned it to the Salvation Army when the horn was discovered as stolen.

The man suspected of taking the horn is charged with second degree theft.

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