Rash Of Unsolved Tuba Thefts Plagues Southland High Schools

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Officials say a rash of recent burglaries has left them searching for tuba thieves.

South Gate High School music teacher Ruben Gonzalez Jr. told the Los Angeles Times that thieves broke into his band room and took only tubas. Losses included an upright concert tuba and a silver sousaphone — or marching-band tuba — worth a combined $13,000.

Several weeks earlier, thieves stole eight sousaphones from Compton’s Centennial High School.

Last week, someone stole Huntington Park High School’s only tuba. The other instrument was stolen earlier in the year.

The thefts, band leaders say, are probably attributable to Southern California’s banda music craze and to the high prices the brass instruments fetch on the black market.

A new tuba can cost upwards of $5,000, while a used instrument can cost $2,000.

  • chorm

    look on craigslist.

    • Rick

      Aren’t you a pos.

  • Marv

    The instrument portrayed here is NOT a tuba, but a sousaphone!

    • Richard Henkle

      Very good Marv, the article does say that a sousaphone was also stolen.

  • Nemo_from_Erehwon

    Dang, buying a tuba on Wednesday, now I have to worry if it is Hot…



    • DTA

      Wouldn’t that be “gang banders” now?

  • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    Police profile: Demorats.

  • Jim

    Now…, when you see a recital with only Tubas. Report the suspicous activity!

    • Roger Bobo

      Has to be T.U.B.A. (Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association).

      Vicious gang of thugs.

  • imnicerthanur

    summary execution on arrest.

    • Arnold Jacobs

      Appropriate punishment: Make the thieves play “Flight of the Bumblebee” on the tubas!

      Better punishment: Make the others listen.

      • SerfCityHereWeCome

        Don’t forget to credit Woody Allen for that first line. :-)

  • jschorbean233

    I think you meant b.e.a.n.d.a.

  • just jack

    l a county can now spend some more of their funny money to buy new ones. pretty soon the check bounces and la raza and all the tuba players gotta go home

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  • No Chit Cherlock

    Simple experiment to determine the motive:

    The school should replace them all with lightweight white fiberglass Sousaphones. If they are stolen again, we can conclude the thieves are Mexican musicians who stole the Sousaphones to play Sinaloaense music.

    If the new fiberglass Sousaphones are not stolen, we can conclude that the thieves were in it for the metal.

  • Einstein

    Some back-alley OB-Gyn must have been learning how to perform tuba ligations and ran out of tubas to practice on ….

  • Steven Moshlak

    (B)anda music craze? I guess the thieves weren’t from Latin America or here illegally. They must have been a couple of redneck “good old boys,” looking for parts to a still, right? LAUSD, are these tuba’s engraved as property of LAUSD?

    File an insurance claim and buy new equipment.

    It takes a lot of brass to steal a Tuba or Sousaphone.

  • Pomona Pete

    Will anyone enjoying banda music realize that the musician playing the tuba is either a thief or bought it hot? Will the listener care? Nope. Not one in one hundred million (pop. of Mexico) will be disturbed in the slightest. Eh?

  • Beauxdog

    I was once in a tuba quartet… we called ourselves the Tuba-Fours.

  • Luce Weiles

    It’s either the work of the Oompa Gang, or the Polka Mafia, last year they got my Leiderhosen, left my wallet and Rolex behind.

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  • dwoof

    What next? A tuba toothpaste?

  • Viral Instrumentals

    I know the first place I’d look.

    On YOUTUBA, of course…

  • John Phillip Sousa

    You can have the tubas.

    I’ll take me a big ol’ honkin’ sousaphone any day…

  • jim johnson

    Would you like me to ship you a “jump to conclusions” mat? Or are you available for pickup? Racist idiot. You’re assuming a lot, and last time I checked- one of the great things about this country is due process.

    • darkhorserunner

      Jim your an idiot.

      • joe

        actually, it should be…. Jim, you’re an idiot. as in a contraction of you are… the apostrophe goes where the letters are removed. I don’t think you proved Jim an idiot.

        nice job, Ace.

  • Howard T. Lewis III

    Check the church-lady’s garage.

  • David

    Black market tubas? Now I’ve heard everything.

  • meesha4

    Steal it. Think you DESERVE it. CRY RACIST, etc. Bottom line. 47% of the CITIZENS of this country are on the TAXPAYER-FUNDED DOLE. 30% increase in FOOD STAMPS (paid by the PRIVATE sector) under B.O. Public “education” does not teach individualism or work ethics. They TEACH how to get something for nothing. Just look at B.O. voters. “bammy gonna pa fo mi mogage. bammy donna pa fo me outta hees stash”. Bunch of uneducated idiots taught by union morons that are more concerned about their PRIVATE-SECTOR taxpayer-funded salaries, benefits and pensions than they are about the YOUNGSTERS they are in charge of. Us private-sector taxpayers are PAYING for daycare centers in HIGH SCHOOLS. We are paying for MEALS that should be provided by PARENTS. If you can’t provide for your own CHILD, then DON’T have the child and DON’T saddle me with your responsibility!

    • mark

      I think you’re on to something.

      Right On!

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    • Dr. Davies

      Please steal me a meat flute because my wife is always out playing her friends. If I had such an instrument then she could spend more time at home.

      Rupert A. Davies

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