Insight & Analysis

The case of the returning flute

Published: Feb 2021

A rare good news story arrives this week as an owner and a US$22,000 flute are reunited in the windy city of Chicago.

A silver flute

Donald Rabin, a college music student, mistakenly left his flute behind on the Blue Line train in Chicago. Not only was the flute worth US$22,000 but it also had sentimental value, having belonged to his grandmother.

After posting on social media to ask for help from his fellow Chicagoans in finding his lost instrument, the local police came to his assistance and tracked down his flute to a local pawn shop, where Donald and his flute were happily reunited. To express their gratitude they both performed live for the 14th precinct!

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