SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A 106-year-old violin was returned to its owner Tuesday after it was stolen from a car in San Francisco.

Clinton Heise had left the violin in his car for a few hours Monday, but thieves smashed in a window, and grabbed everything they could, including the violin.

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Heise thought the instrument was gone for good until San Francisco police recovered the violin in the city’s Tenderloin Monday night.

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“I was so ecstatic. They told me they had the instrument, and I was like, no way. Just what are the odds? I was so happy,” Heise told KPIX 5.

Heise said losing the violin was like losing a child, and that it had helped him recover from a motorcycle accident.

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