A 1939 Jetson Gilbert violin

Victoria police recover $10,000 antique violin in raid

Tourist led police to cache of stolen goods last week using iPad app

Victoria police have returned a stolen $10,000 violin to its rightful owner.

Police found the 1939 Jetson Gilbert violin amongst the stolen goods recovered from an Esquimalt apartment last week.

The instrument was taken from the vehicle of an 80-year-old Duncan woman on Aug. 8, shortly after she returned from a senior’s centre where she had been performing.

Last week, an Alberta tourist used a GPS application on her stolen iPad to lead VicPD to the “department store” of stolen property, which included electronics, guitars and credit cards.

Police have laid charges of possession of stolen property, break and enter and breach against four people who were in the apartment at the time.

Theodore Turko, 36, Nancy Klein, 39, Natasha Day, 26, and Michael Merrick, 31, face charges in the incident.

dpalmer@vicnews.com