Man accused of violin theft charged with grand larceny
BY DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A Tulsa man was charged Thursday with grand larceny in connection with the theft of a 150-year-old violin last week.
William Joseph Kent, 21, was arrested Jan. 3 a man reported that his violin, which he said was valued at $10,000, had just been stolen at the Saied Music Store at 9320 E. 71st St., police said.
Police were given a detailed description of the thief, which matched the description of a man who had just stolen an iPhone from a person at a nearby mattress store, police said.
Officers canvassing the area spotted a man who matched the thief's description, and when they stopped him, they recovered the violin, the phone and a tin whistle that had been stolen from the music store, police said.
Kent was also charged in Tulsa County District Court on Thursday with larceny of merchandise from a retailer and petty larceny. He was still in the Tulsa Jail as of Thursday night.
Tulsa County prosecutors had previously charged Kent with the second-degree burglary of an apartment in November.
William Joseph Kent