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Local musician heartbroken after cello he played for 20 years was stolen

Last Updated May 1, 2019 at 9:59 pm PDT

Local musician Finn Manniche with his cello, stolen from his car in a Vancouver parking lot. (Source: Submitted)

A local musician is pleading for help, after the cello he's been playing for more than 20 years was stolen

Finn Manniche briefly stopped at the mall for a bite, and when he returned to his car, his cello and guitar were gone

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A local musician says, he’s heartbroken after learning one of his most prized instruments has been stolen.

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Finn Manniche, who plays in the string ensemble ‘Van Django,‘ parked his car near the Pacific Center Mall on Sunday for no more than an hour. He stopped by the mall for a bite to eat after playing a gig, but when he came back to his vehicle, one of his car’s windows was smashed, and his cello and guitar were gone.

When it comes to cellos, his wasn’t especially expensive — it’s worth around $10,000 — but it’s not the money that’s important to him.

Manniche has been playing this cello for two decades, and the loss is a personal one.

“You know, you get really close to your instrument. It’s a really personal thing, it’s tough to lose it, it’s almost like losing a pet or something,” he says. “I was shocked and dismayed to see the things that I depend on gone.”

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He says the two instruments are what he uses to make his living and he’s very fond of them.

“It’s an emotional and financial blow, I guess you could say,” he says.

I’m interrupting my hiatus from social media to share that our very own Finn Manniche got his cello and guitar stolen…

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Manniche filed a report with Vancover police and is hoping they turn up soon. Unfortunately, the parking lot security didn’t have a camera near where he parked, he says.

The guitar was valued at around $1,500.

– With files from Lauren Boothby