Capitol Police: Catering employee steals, pawns saxophone worth $5,000

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Capitol Police say a man is in custody after allegedly stealing and pawning a high-end instrument in Richmond.

29-year-old Alex Sheaffer is charged with grand larceny, buying or receiving stolen goods, and obtaining money through false pretenses.

Capitol Police say Shaeffer was working as part of a catering crew at an event at the Science Museum of Virginia on April 13th.

At the event, Shaeffer allegedly stole a Selmer Super Action 80 Series II alto saxophone from a musician. The instrument reportedly has a value of $5,000.

Investigators say they found the saxophone at a pawn shop after it was exchanged for a $300 loan.

On Friday, Sheaffer was taken into custody by the Richmond Police Department on a separate matter.

When RPD learned of three warrants out against the suspect, Sheaffer was turned over to Capitol Police.

“I appreciate the quick work of our investigators and the cooperation of our partners at the Richmond Police Department,” said Capitol Police Chief Col. Anthony S. Pike.

“It’s important for our stakeholders to know they and their belongings are safe, whether they are on state property at Capitol Square or any of the nearby properties.”

The saxophone is now back with it’s owner and Sheaffer is in custody at the Richmond Justice Center.

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