Last week, as a retired physician recently playing tenor saxophone in a local band, I went to my car, opened the trunk where I’d left my saxophone, and found papers strewn about, but no saxophone. Figuring it had been stolen, would probably not be recovered, that my musical career was finished and I was out $2,000, I got a call shortly afterward from the Southern Pines Police Department telling me that they had my horn and would bring it to me in a while.

Officer C.W. Coleman appeared with it two hours later, and when asked, modestly told me the story of how he and his colleagues had tracked down three suspects, located my horn with some other property and traced it to me.

I was amazed at their ingenuity, Officer Coleman’s self-effacing modesty, and I am enormously grateful to him and the department for the unexpected return of my sax, and the unfailing courtesy with which I was treated.

To my fellow residents of Southern Pines, I suggest that should they experience a similar happening, the chances for recovery here are better than average, and to not hesitate to call our excellent police department.

Ask for C. DubYa.

Frank Hyatt, Southern Pines

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