More on Matt Thompson’s mandolin

matt_jerryOn Monday we posted a sad story with a happy ending. It was the story of Matt Thompson of Monroe Crossing whose mandolin was stolen from his hotel room, only to be recovered and returned to him later that evening by a Good Samaritan.

The band was performing in Phoenix, AZ when the 2003 F-5 LaPlant mandolin was taken, along with Matt’s nondescript fiddle. Needless to say, he was devastated by the theft, and overjoyed when it was returned during that night’s show.

Jerry Wright from nearby Scottsdale bought the mandolin from a peddler who was offering it for sale, going from car to car in a gas station parking lot. A musician himself, Jerry presumed the instrument was stolen, and researched it online as soon as he got home. Finding it listed as such, he contacted Monroe Crossing and brought it out Monday evening to Fiddler’s Dream, where the band was performing.

KPHO TV in Phoenix ran a brief story yesterday about the incident.


Warms your heart, doesn’t it?

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