MONTREAL, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Security at McGill University in Montreal is being stepped up after seven thefts of musical instruments from lockers in six weeks, officials said.
Most recently, a $40,000 viola was taken from the locker of student Alicia Bisha after someone picked the lock in the university's Schulich School of Music building, The Gazette newspaper reported.
She told the newspaper the instrument was a high school gift from her concert viola-playing grandmother and she'd accept it back with no questions asked.
She said in case it were to turn up at an online sales portal, the viola has a registration number of JC9525 on the inside.
The other thefts have included an English horn, a saxophone, two stringed instruments and some woodwinds, the Gazette said.
McGill's dean of music, Don McLean, said security measures have been stepped up but wouldn't elaborate.
"I feel for the students, they develop a relationship with a specific instrument, a personal attachment and these thefts are a sense of violation," he told the newspaper.