Plano Police Release More Details On Band Hall Bandit

Baylee Friday
February 27, 2020 - 1:04 pm
Plano Band Instrument Theft Suspect

Credit: Plano Police Department

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PLANO (1080 KRLD) - Plano police are providing more information about how a man managed to steal expensive musical instruments from a high school band hall while students watched. 

It happened around 6 p.m. on February 13. A group of band students was on campus at Plano East Senior High School, hanging out before rehearsal. That's when police say the band hall bandit approached them, introducing himself as an instrument repairman. 

"He told them that he was there to pick up some instruments, which is not uncommon," said Officer David Tilley, with the Plano Police Department.  "According to the district ... they do have people that do instrument repair, and will come pick them up. So it wasn't anything out of the normal. And he was able to convince them."

Tilley says the man put on a very believable show, talking to the group of kids for well over five minutes before they led him to the band hall ... and let him into the secured area.

The man was captured on camera leaving the band hall with a Euphonium and saxophone, loading them into a red four-door vehicle, and driving away. 

Tilley says a few days later, students and staff were searching for the instruments. That's when they started piecing everything together. They went back through security footage and realized the instruments hadn't been misplaced-- they'd been stolen. 

"A lot of these scammers and thieves are very convincing," Tilley said. " At the time they were talking to him, I don't think they realized anything was out of the norm."

Police say the suspect is wanted for felony theft, and they're asking for anyone with information about the bandit to come forward.  Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest