Bucktown smash and grab leaves musician without prized instrument

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CHICAGO -- A Bucktown smash and grab nets a small fortune in brass and leaves a Chicago musician singing the blues.

A rare and expensive flugelhorn are among the items taken.

They’re expensive instruments, but the victim says you’d really have to be a musician to understand the true extent of this loss.

“This is probably the hardest thing I’ve had to go through,” says Ryan Berndt, “When you play an instrument, you know every little quirk about the instrument..and I think that’s the hardest thing."

It happened Feb. 2 in Bucktown when Ryan had stopped by Core Power for an early-morning workout before rehearsal.

While he was inside, somebody was outside, casing the neighborhood.

That was caught by a surveillance camera at the liquor store next door and so was the smash-and-grab.

The thief apparently was looking into Ryan’s car with a big flashlight that he then used to smash in the rear passenger window.

All he would have seen is the big case the instruments were in. That alone is worth $1000.

Ryan is hoping someone will find the instrument or one of the 150 flyers he distributed and return back his prized flugelhorn.


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