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LSU student gets his stolen instruments back

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BATON ROUGE – Four stolen musical instruments are back in the hands of their owner tonight, thanks to Baton Rouge Police detectives.

Last month, we told you the story of an LSU student musician who had multiple musical instruments stolen. Friday, he got them back.

Police found Thomas Mckee’s stolen instruments in different pawn shops across south Louisiana. McKee says the man who took them, tried to pawn two trombones, valued at more than $8,000, for just $400.

Then, Friday he received news that he was doubtful that he would hear.

“The news is, they recovered all my belongings, or most of the ones, the important ones,” McKee said.

Two guitars, stolen in March, and two trombones, stolen in May, were taken by a friend of McKee’s roommate. Marcus Lee was charged with burglary, after some smooth detective work by both McKee and Baton Rouge Police.

McKee got a tip from a friend at a local music store that Lee tried to pawn the two stolen trombones. McKee took that information to police. According to arrest documents, Lee showed up back at McKee’s apartment, returned one of the instruments and sent a text apologizing for the theft.

Relieved that this is now behind him, McKee is simply ready to get back to his music.

Lee has been booked and since bonded out of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He was released on $14,000 bond.


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