Prized violin stolen from car in San Diego's Midway District

Posted at 11:31 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 19:26:04-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A woman is warning others after someone smashed the window of her car and stole her prized violin. 

Sophia Stephen parked her car near Midway Drive and Fordham Street to go into her boyfriend's apartment. She is in the process of moving and left several items in her car, including the violin her mother got her when she was 14-years-old.

"Her name is Rosie," Stephen said. “On her back her wood is like knotted with little, it looks like roses. Hence her name, Rosie.” 

The smash-and-grab robbed her of her violin and most of her clothes.

“It shouldn’t have been in the car. This is a very costly and hurtful lesson learned," Stephen said. "She shouldn’t have been in the car.” 

Stephen and her boyfriend made fliers about recent crime in the area to warn others, and also try to recover the violin.  

Her boyfriend created a GoFundMe page to help Sophia buy a new violin if Rosie is not found. If you have any leads or information about the stolen violin, you can contact: