$100,000 stolen cello returned to owner

Posted at 1:20 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 16:20:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A stolen cello worth $100,000 has been reunited with its owner. 

"I was driving home from downtown and I saw it. It was on C and 7th where the mailbox is at and I thought, well this is really weird. And then I got out and I knew what it was right away, so I took it," said Tony Cozano, who found the instrument. 

The instrument was returned to its owner, John Walz Monday. Walz is the principal cellist for the Los Angeles Opera and has played on more than 1,500 film scores from Titanic to Indiana Jones, even the new Star Wars films. 

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"I walked in to the house and just burst into tears. It's in perfect shape. There's no damage to it. Happy ending," said Walz in describing being reunited with the instrument. 

According to police, the cello was stolen on August 8 between 8 and 10 p.m. at the Town and Country Hotel on the 500 block of Hotel Circle North. 

In a news release, police said someone broke into the hotel room when Walz was away and stole several items. 

The cello was made by Mario Miralles and is valued at $100,000.