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Toddler Steals Washington Teen's Violin

Nichola Evans/Stockbyte(MOUNT VERNON, Wash.) -- Police believe a Washington woman used her toddler to steal an antique violin from a teenager Wednesday afternoon at a local restaurant.

Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock told ABC News that 17-year-old Kalob Tatum entered a McDonald’s with his backpack and violin after school. When he went up to the counter to order a burger, he turned around, and his 100-year-old Czechoslovakian copy of a Stradivarius violin was missing.

“When I saw the violin gone, my heart just dropped,” Tatum told ABC affiliate KOMO News. “I had this feeling that something terrible just happened.”

Tatum has been playing the violin since kindergarten, according to Lt. Cammock. The teen earned a scholarship to perform in New York this summer.

“I got a scholarship to a two-week camp and… I do not have a violin and I don’t have the money to get a new one right now,” Tatum told KOMO.

Officers searched for the violin immediately following the theft.

“On the security video that’s inside the McChevron (McDonald’s there is attached to a Chevron gas station), it showed a young girl who picked up the violin and left the restaurant with her mother,” Cammock said. “By depiction, it looks like the mother would have been aware that her daughter was taking it.”

Officers then took the footage obtained from the store and circulated the girl’s picture.

On Thursday, Cammock says an officer on patrol spotted the mother and daughter walking near a school.

“The officer stopped her, had a conversation with her and asked for the violin,” Cammock said. “The violin was then returned to the victim.”

The mother, who was not identified, faces possible charges of theft, Cammock says.

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Student Loses $172K Violin on Bus

Nichola Evans/Stockbyte(BOSTON) -- It might end up being the most costly trip Mu-Chen Hsieh ever takes. The violin student, who is studying at the New England Conservatory in Boston, left her most prized possession, an 1835 Italian-made violin worth $172,000, in the overhead compartment of a Megabus after her trip from Boston to Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

“It was a long ride, and I was really tired, and that’s why I forgot it. And then I realized it about 30 minutes afterwards,” the 19-year-old told ABC News Philadelphia affiliate WPVI-TV.

The violin on loan from the Chi Mei culture foundation of Taiwan was already back on the road by the time Hsieh figured out what had happened. Police were eventually able to track down the bus Hsieh was on, but did not find the violin.

“[The foundation is] concerned that someone may have possession of [the violin] and may not know what they have,” Lt. John Walker told WPVI-TV.

Hsieh was traveling to Philadelphia to spend the holidays with her host family; now all she wants for Christmas is to have her violin returned.

“I really hope that the person that took it can give it back to me so that I can continue my studies,” Hsieh said.

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Last Concert: Students Honor Violin Teacher Dying From Cancer

Professor Thomas Moore of Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MIAMI) -- He's taught and performed alongside as many as 2,000 students in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. But this week the roles were reversed, as the students gave back to the teacher who they say taught them so much.

Thomas Moore, a violin professor at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., has stage IV kidney cancer and is expected to live just a few more weeks. The news prompted current and former students, some now professional musicians, to organize a concert in his honor.

More than 200 family and friends gathered at the First Presbyterian Church of Miami on Thursday, which was also Moore's 72nd birthday. One by one, his students took the stage to perform for their professor one last time, as he watched from the front row.

Moore's career includes serving as the Florida Philharmonic concertmaster, creating a chamber music festival in North Carolina and performing in concerts around the world, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

While it was billed as Moore's final concert, his students say it was mainly a night to celebrate a man who inspired them.

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