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3 September 2019, 15:41 | Updated: 3 September 2019, 15:54
It’s been a devastating time for Simon Jacobs, who had played the tuba to his wife Sarah at their wedding only weeks before – and they were forced to release an appeal for its safe return.
Simon and Sarah Jacobs, who live together in West Yorkshire, launched the appeal when the Besson Sovereign Tuba – which belongs to Simon and is worth more than £7,000 – was taken from his Ford Fiesta.
The car had been parked outside the couple’s home on Hawthorne Road, Slaithwaite, and they believe the thief may have loaded the instrument into a taxi at around 1am on Friday, 23 August.
The large brass instrument is irreplaceable and holds great sentimental value for the 37-year-old musician, who had travelled around the world with it for 23 years.
A number of valuable items were also stolen from Sarah’s Kia Sportage, and from 25 other cars in and around the Colne Valley, on the same night, and Police later discovered a link between these burglaries.
Simon, a member of the seven-piece funk brass band, Flat Cap Brass, shared his plea for the tuba’s safe return: “I need this instrument. I am a musician and a teacher – I need it for work. It has sentimental value and I would very much like it back.
“Can musicians/people in Huddersfield area share? If any little [thief] is attempting to sell this please let me know. People of Slawit if you have any information let me know.”
His wife and mum-of-three Sarah, 33, added: “It's massively sentimental and he's been all over the world with it.
“That’s what we want back – he (the thief) can keep the rest.”
Thanks to the couple’s appeal, information provided by locals led to the arrest of the thief – and it appears Police may have found Simon’s tuba!
The musical instrument hasn’t been reunited with its owner just yet, but with a bit of luck Simon will be receiving his beloved tuba very soon.
Good luck, Simon!