Sergei Chekanov of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra was standing at a bus stop in the east of the city Moscow early last Monday morning when a passing thief snatched his violin case.
It contained a precious instrument, made by the luthier known as the Russian Stradivarius, Timofei Podgorny (1873-1958).
A distressed Chekanov, 50, reported the theft to police. The violin is valued at 700,000 rubles ($19,000).
Police say they arrested a man and recovered the violin within 24 hours. Sergei got his instrument back today.
Be careful on the buses in Moscow.