Up to $15,000 of equipment stolen from a Pasadena high school band has been recovered.
The gear. which includes trumpets, flutes, saxophone, a guitar and a sound system, were stolen from Marshall Fundamental High School at around midnight Feb. 28.
Deputies found the items after spotting a suspicious man rummaging through a 2001 Mercedes Benz station wagon on the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena at 9:10 p.m Tuesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
When the lawmen tried to speak to the man he ran away and escaped, and when they looked inside the vehicle they found several musical cases and electronic equipment marked "Property of Pasadena School District." They impounded the car and contacted Pasadena Police Department so the items could be identified.
Detectives are investigating the case, and the suspect is described as being 5’10 tall and weighed around 170 pounds.
The band is set to perform at Disneyland Saturday, band director Joel Lopez had previously said, with the community had stepped up and donated equipment for the band to use for its performance.
The school had been appealing for funds to replace the equipment.
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The Marshall Music Booster club set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the band, Lopez said.
The booster club is a group of parents who "provide support to the music program here at Marshall," according to the school's website.