Police ask for help identifying GHS theft suspect

Two violas and one violin stolen from Golden High School during banquet

Posted 12/27/17

Katharine Parker, the instrumental music teacher at Golden High School, had hoped it was just a prank. Prior to class on Dec. 4, she searched every nook and cranny where someone could have hidden two …

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Police ask for help identifying GHS theft suspect

Two violas and one violin stolen from Golden High School during banquet

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Katharine Parker, the instrumental music teacher at Golden High School, had hoped it was just a prank.

Prior to class on Dec. 4, she searched every nook and cranny where someone could have hidden two violas and a violin.

But it wasn’t a prank.

The Golden Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a man who stole the three instruments from the high school on Dec. 3.

This type of crime “strikes a community hard,” said Golden Police Capt. Joe Harvey in a video press release. “It strikes the students hard.”

The suspect entered the school during its annual football banquet at about 6:30 p.m. But there is no proof he had been at the school for that event, Parker said, because none of the booster parents recognize him.

“This individual let himself in and was seen wandering the halls,” Harvey said.

He was captured on video surveillance walking around, but eventually disappeared from the cameras’ views. He was in the school for about 25 minutes, Harvey said.

The suspect is about 5 feet and 8 inches tall, and weighs about 180 pounds, Harvey said. There’s also video of a car that might belong to him — a dark colored four-door sedan.

Two violas, one violin and their cases were stolen. Value of the stolen instruments is about $2,700. Parker’s guess is that the suspect grabbed the first thing he saw and had access to, because there were things of greater value that he could have taken.

Class was delayed for about 20 minutes on the Monday following the Sunday-evening theft, but luckily, “we had the resources to get borrowed instruments into their hands that day,” Parker said.

The students who had their instruments stolen were still able to participate in class and the holiday concert, which took place on Dec. 8.

The stolen instruments belonged to a ninth-grader, 10th-grader and 11th-grader. They were personal property, not the school’s.

This is a big, emotional loss for the students, Parker said. It was most likely the first instrument they’d ever owned and purchased new. Even if the physical instrument is replaced, Parker said, the sentimental value of the one that was stolen can’t be.

“A musician’s instrument is very personal to them,” Parker said. “It’s their prized possession.”

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