‘Please bring back my R150k flute’

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - NABEELAH SHAIKH

AN umh­langa mu­si­cian’s most prized pos­ses­sion has been stolen from her. The mu­si­cian, in a des­per­ate plea for help, called on the pub­lic to help find her flute, val­ued at R150 000.

Rozanne Paragon, a mu­si­cian and teacher by pro­fes­sion, has been un­able to con­tinue with her work be­cause her flute was stolen from the boot of her ve­hi­cle at a petrol sta­tion near the Pav­il­lion, two weeks ago.

The flute had sen­ti­men­tal value, she said, adding that it was pur­chased in Joburg in 1991. Paragon said it was “ir­re­place­able” and its es­ti­mated worth was about R150 000, with all the ad­just­ments she has made over the years.

Paragon, a teacher, used the flute dur­ing her mu­sic lessons at an all girls pri­vate school in Dur­ban and as a mem­ber of the Dur­ban City Orches­tra.

She stopped at the En­gen Garage shop, near the Pav­il­ion Shop­ping Cen­tre, to pur­chase a cooldrink when her ve­hi­cle was al­legedly re­mote jammed.

“The flute was kept in its cas­ing in the boot of my ve­hi­cle. The thief who took it, pos­si­bly re­mote jammed my car and grabbed it from the boot. I don’t think they knew what was in­side but be­cause it was in a cas­ing, it must have looked ap­peal­ing to them. I spent less than five min­utes in the shop,” Paragon re­called.

“I viewed the cam­era footage of the incident. I saw men open­ing the boot of my car, be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing with the cas­ing. Ev­ery­thing hap­pened so quickly.

“I went to pawn shops around Dur­ban and have been plead­ing on so­cial me­dia for the thief to re­turn my flute but I haven’t had any luck since the incident oc­curred. It breaks my heart be­cause I’ve had it for 26 years. Ít’s be­come an in­te­gral part of my life be­cause I’ve used it to teach and play,” she said.

Paragon said she bought new heads and made other up­grades to the flute while she lived in Lon­don.

“To re­place it, it would cost me an arm and a leg. This is no or­di­nary flute,” said Paragon.

She said her only hope was to rely on the hon­esty of in­di­vid­u­als who would be kind enough to in­form her if they spot the flute any­where. She was plead­ing with the al­leged crim­i­nal to re­turn the prized pos­ses­sion.

She of­fered an undis­closed re­ward for the suc­cess­ful re­cov­ery of the mu­si­cal in­stru­ment.

Paragon has re­ported the mat­ter to the SAPS.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala con­firmed the incident and said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of theft.

Gwala said the vic­tim had parked her ve­hi­cle at the garage with all the doors locked and win­dows closed, then pro­ceeded in­side the garage.

●Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the flute can email Paragon on rparagon@gmail.com

nabeelah.shaikh@inl.co.za

Rozanne Paragon’s most prized flute was snatched from her boot.

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