Recent tips don’t lead police to missing piano |

Recent tips don’t lead police to missing piano

Call this one the case of the missing piano.The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for a piano missing since last year and thought a recent tip might solve the case.A caller left a tip on the Glenwood Springs Police Department’s tip-line, reporting an abandoned piano at a rental residence, but the lead fizzled.The missing piano is an upright Tiger Oak made in the late 1800s or early 1900s, according to the Sheriff’s office. The piano likely was taken in May 2004 from an empty residence by the property’s house sitter, then sold between May and September, Sheriff Lou Vallario said. Whether a crime actually occurred, however, is under investigation, he said. The missing piano started a debate between the homeowner, who had moved away, and the house sitter, he said. The house sitter and owner agree the house sitter had permission to take some of the items in the house. But the owner said the piano wasn’t one of them, so the two parties called the police.”When all else fails, call the police,” Vallario said. “Was permission granted to take some things? Was permission not granted to take some things? … It’s a real mess,” he said.Vallario won’t release specifics about the case because it is under investigation, but would say the piano was taken from a Glenwood Springs home.The Sheriff’s office believes the person who bought the piano did so without knowing it might have been stolen.

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