A 17-year-old piper is hoping someone will return her bagpipes after the instrument went missing on the SFU campus last month.

Tyentyen Chen is one of more than 100 people who are a part of the university's iconic Pipe Band.

A member of the junior piping team, Chen put her instrument down in front of a store on campus in late June and stepped away to grab a drink. When she returned, the bagpipes were gone.

"It means nothing to the person that has the pipes, but for the individual it means she can't play anymore," said Rob Watt, the Pipe Band's secretary.


More than a hundred people are part of the university's iconic pipe band. (SFU Pipe Band)

"The type of instrument we are dealing with is not off the shelf. It is an individual instrument that not a lot of people are in the market for."

Watt said the instrument is stored in what looks like a suitcase.

"We are really disappointed that someone has come into this community and feels the need to take an instrument that nobody else can really use," he said.

Campus thefts at SFU have doubled in the last year, Watt says. In the past 10 years, three sets of bagpipes have been stolen, but all three have been returned.

Burnaby RCMP are investigating.

with files from CBC's Richard Zussman