PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A violin and bow valued at $70,000 was stolen from a well-known musical family, and police have made an arrest.
Nico H. Longoria, 33, remains out of custody as prosecutors review the case, KOIN 6 News has confirmed.
Longoria made his first court appearance on Monday on allegations of first-degree aggravated theft and second-degree burglary.
Officers with the Portland Police Bureau responded to a burglary in process on June 30 in a workshop behind a home near the intersection of Southeast 60th and Taylor.
As the officers were headed to the scene, dispatchers informed them the suspect had left the area on a bicycle and he was wearing a backpack, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Deputy District Attorney Amanda Nadell.
Police eventually stopped Longoria as he was riding his bicycle. Officials said he was wearing a young girl's backpack. The officer talking with Longoria reported he could see the violin and bow sticking out the top, court documents state.
Longoria also had a black re-usable shopping bag that contained items stolen from the victims' workshop, police said.
The homeowner, who plays clarinet for the Oregon Symphony, told police he was awoken around 3:30 a.m. when he saw light and heard noise coming from the workshop in the backyard. When the homeowner looked outside, he could see Longoria rummaging through, officials said.
Officials said the homeowner's wife is also a respected musician who plays the violin.
Longoria reported told the homeowner, "I'm sorry," as he fled the workshop on the bicycle, court documents state.
Police were able to retrieve the violin and bow, which had recently been appraised for about $70,000.
When he was interviewed by police, Longoria told police, "he saw two men fighting and one of them threw the violin at him," court documents state. "He denied any knowledge of the bag with other items in it."
A court appointed attorney entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf in court Monday.
KOIN 6 News obtained a background report on Longoria detailing a long criminal history including several misdemeanor charges. Police said it does not appear that Longoria targeted the family in any capacity.
His next hearing before a judge has been set for July 16 in Multnomah Circuit Court.
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