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23 July 2013, 10:52
A baby Steinway grand piano was stolen from Toronto General Hospital by three men who claimed to be taking the instrument for retuning.
Arriving at the hospital's Peter Munk wing last week with a special trolley to move the piano, the three men walked out with the Steinway around lunchtime. When staff asked the three men what they were doing, they said they were taking the instrument to be tuned.
Volunteers at the hospital did not notice the Steinway piano, estimated to be worth $27,000 had gone missing until four days after the incident.
Head of Security for the hospital, Todd Milne, told the Globe and Mail: "I’ve been managing security since 1999, and have not experienced a theft as ballsy and as crazy as this one."
"If you don’t know anything about pianos, you don’t know that the tuners come to the piano," he added.
The suspects were caught on CCTV footage in the hospital, and the head of security was able to identify all three.
The piano is generally used once a week by members of the Canadian Opera Company to entertain patients at the hospital, and was donated to the hospital in 2006.