Musician Wants Stolen Viola Returned

Monday, Aug 17, 2009  |  Updated 5:15 PM CDT
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Musician Wants Stolen Viola Returned

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A musician is pleading for the safe return of a stolen viola that had been used to play more than 100 concerts in nursing homes and hospitals all over Dallas.

Claire Garza, 27, said someone took a violin, a DVD player and the viola, valued around $30,000, after breaking into her apartment Friday.

Garza plays for the Texas Winds Musical Outreach, a group of professional musicians that tries to help people in the community.

"It was like my voice, and it's gone now," she told the Dallas Morning News. "It's such an unfortunate thing, because it was used to do such good, such uplifting things. It's just wrong."

She said her high school teacher sold her the viola and it was "heartbreaking" for her to tell him it got stolen.

She just wants the thief to take care of it and return it.

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