"Remarkably, they got it from a home," the 42-year-old Orbovich told The News-Dispatch of Michigan City (Indiana) today. The instrument and alleged thief were spotted in video surveillance footage from a pawn shop in Lake Station, Indiana.
"I received the violin from a person, but no arrests were made," said Michigan City Police corporal Cary Brinkman. Whether the individual was not apprehended because he was not the thief remains undisclosed. "That could be one of the reasons," said police chief Ben Neitzel.
"Through some investigation, we were able to determine who had the violin," he added. "The aspects surrounding the case make it difficult to prosecute."
Orbovich bought the violin in 1985 while a student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for $2,000 and had insured it for $10,000. The jump in the instrument's value is a attributed to a rise in sound quality. Orbovich said he was in a rush at Wal-Mart and left his car for five minutes.