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Minnesota man who tried pawning stolen $15,000 violin given prison sentence

A man who tried pawning a stolen 19th-Century violin at a Woodbury store was sentenced to prison this month in Washington County.

David Joseph Brose, 36, received a 26-month prison sentence Aug. 11 from Washington County District Court Judge Gregory Galler. Under Minnesota law, Brose must serve two-thirds of the sentence in prison and one-third on supervised release.

Brose was convicted in June after pleading guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, a felony.

Woodbury police identified Brose as a suspect in the case after reviewing surveillance video from the Music Go Round store on Weir Drive.

A Music Go Round manager told police in October 2010 that he had received an e-mail from a Woodbury woman who owned the violin. In the e-mail, she said it had been stolen from her vehicle and suspected someone would try pawning it at a nearby pawn shop.

The owner said the violin was a "very rare" Italian-made model from the 1800s. Its value was estimated at $15,000.

A man, later identified as Brose, came in to Music Go Round to sell a violin, claiming his daughter no longer played the instrument. The manager was able to hang onto the instrument by claiming that he needed time to appraise it.

The manager called the theft victim, who came to the store and positively identified the violin as the one stolen from her car.

Police went to Brose's residence, where a woman outside said he had just left. The woman said Brose left after receiving a call from his mother saying the police were looking for him. He reportedly told the woman he had an item someone had given him that he suspected might be stolen.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Nov. 1, 2010; Brose was arrested two weeks later.

In addition to the prison sentence, Brose must pay $197 in restitution to the theft victim.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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