Yesterday SFist told you about the SF Conservatory of Music student Adam Young's cello that was brazenly stolen from the school on Sunday. Well, according to a source close to said student, the cello has been found. A source close to the student tells SFist, "Last night at around midnight (presumably after seeing themselves four times on the evening news, and all over the Web), the thieves left the cello at the War Memorial Opera House, where a security guard discovered it, then placed it in the lost-and-found office, where an employee at the War Memorial, herself an amateur cellist, later discovered it; having seen the news reports, she put two and two together and contacted the Conservatory. Voilà."
We're thrilled to hear that Young's instrument has been returned. The suspects, however, are still at large. Anyone with information should call the SFPD the anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with "SFPD."
A little bit of background on Young:
[H]e is something of a minor celeb along the Market St corridor. Since he was a teenager, he has paid for his tuition by busking on the street: performing Bohemian Rhapsody in public has paid for his mastering Bach and Beethoven in private education at the SF Conservatory of Music. Adam takes pop songs and arranges them for four cellos, following classical rules of counterpoint and harmony. He and his cello quartet, Cello Street Quartet, perform publicly on Fri or Sat eves on Castro St, in front of Cliff's; on Patricia Green in Hayes Valley some weekend afternoons; and occasionally during morning commute at the Montgomery BART station.
Aside from being a brilliant arranger of music, he's a very stylish dresser, usually clad in wool knickers and always with a necktie. He hopes to revive 19th-century fashion. In his spare time, he studies ballet at Alonzo King Lines Ballet.