Boston Police report recovering an expensive flute that had gone missing in 2012 after, they say, the cab driver that day showed up at a local musical-instrument store in February to inquire as to how much it might be worth.
Police say a worker at the shop, which they did not identify, took a picture of the flute and its serial number during the visit and afterwards and checked them against a database of missing flutes - and determined it may have been one reported missing in Boston in 2012, worth some $13,000.
The worker contacted police, who began an investigation that quickly led them to the driver of the cab the flute's owner reported was the last place she had seen the instrument nine years ago. Back in 2012, a performer with the New England Philharmonic reported her expensive flute went missing after a 3:30 a.m. ride in a Metrocab from her fulltime job at Howl at the Moon on High Street back to her Beacon Hill apartment.
According to police:
On April 9, 2021, detectives spoke with the individual who entered the music instrument store and attempted to determine the value of the flute that he was in possession of. The individual told detectives that he was in possession of the flute and that he purchased the flute from an unknown male. The individual then turned over the flute to detectives so that it could be returned to its rightful owner. It was then determined that the individual was a taxi cab driver who was driving a cab the day that the flute was reported missing.
Police say they will be seeking a charge of receiving stolen property against the driver. Police add they returned the flute to its owner on Monday.