Watch surveillance footage of the moment a man steals a violin from the University of Utah


Surveillance video footage has been released of the moment a thief stole a violin from the University of Utah’s School of Music last week. The instrument, belonging to University alumnus John Shin, was taken by a man from an empty recital hall at around midday on 16 June. In the video, the man checks to see that the coast is clear before stuffing the violin into a garbage bag.

The violin is a Stradivarius ‘Viotti’ model, labelled ‘Scott Brown’ and made in 2011. Those with any information have been asked to contact Shin at or Detective Smalley at

Watch the video below:

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