Stolen instrument alert: LaPlant mandolin *updated – found *

mattMatt Thompson, mandolinist with Monroe Crossing, had a pair of cherished instruments stolen yesterday afternoon. His 2003 F-5 LaPlant mandolin and an unlabeled fiddle were taken from his hotel room in Glendale, AZ.

The mandolin carries serial number 125 and has a dark brown finish. Matt says it was taken in its yellow, rectangular case. The few pictures we could obtain are below.

The band is offering a reward for their return, no questions asked. They expect that the mandolin and fiddle are probably being offered for sale together.

You can contact Thompson by email  or phone (651-276-7778) with any information you may have.


UPDATE 1/16: Wonderful news. Matt’s mandolin has been returned to him. Someone who bought it on the street contacted the band, and the mandolin is reunited with its owner.

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