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Stolen banjo recovered in 5-year cold case

Posted: May 10, 2012 12:47 PM ET

Last Updated: May 10, 2012 1:59 PM ET

Nova Scotia RCMP have cracked a cold case and charged a 77-year-old man for allegedly stealing a banjo five years ago.

The tale began in November 2007 when someone broke into a residence on Roma Drive in Head of Chezzetcook, N.S., said Const. Patricia Grobmeier.

"The item that was taken was a rare banjo," Grobmeier told CBC News on Thursday.

Grobmeier said the theft happened sometime between Nov. 12, 2007 and Nov. 15, 2007. A Stelling Red Fox banjo worth approximately $6,000 was stolen.

Earlier this month, investigators searched another home on Roma Drive and seized a banjo, a computer and a smartphone, she said

"It was an ongoing investigation that resulted in charges against this 77-year-old man," Grobmeier said.

The man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with break and enter, theft and possession of stolen property for the purpose of trafficking.

He has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court in June.

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