Man accused of stealing $10,000 violin from Tulsa music store
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Friday, January 04, 2013
1/04/13 at 3:40 PM
A man with two pending criminal cases was arrested after he allegedly stole a $10,000 violin from a Tulsa music store.
William Joseph Kent, 21, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. near Saied Music Store, 9320 E. 71st St., after a man called to report his 150-year-old Klotz violin valued at $10,000 had been stolen, police said.
Officers were given a detailed description of the suspect, which matched that of a second theft at the nearby mattress store, where an iPhone was taken, they said.
Police canvassing the area spotted Kent and recovered the violin, phone and a penny whistle - which he’s also accused of taking from the music store.
Kent was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of grand larceny, larceny from a retailer and petty larceny. His bond is set at $3,500.
Tulsa County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Kent with the second-degree burglary of an apartment in November.
He also has a misdemeanor charge of larceny of merchandise from a retailer pending against him. Filings allege Kent stole merchandise valued at less than $500 from the Walmart at 81st Street and Lewis Avenue on Oct. 18.
William Joseph Kent