San Francisco Man Arraigned in Violin Theft

May 10, 2011

ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the arraignment of Scott Sylvester (DOB 7/10/83, CN 11012231) on burglary and theft charges.

Defendant Sylvester appeared before the Honorable Lucy McCabe in Department 10 of San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 for arraignment on one count of second degree burglary in violation of California Penal Code Section 459, one count of grand theft in violation of California Penal Code Section 487(a) and one count of receiving stolen property in violation of California Penal Code Section 496(a). Defendant Sylvester pled not guilty to all charges and allegations.

According to court documents, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, San Francisco police officers responded to calls that a violin had been stolen from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The victim, a music student, left her violin for a brief moment in a practice room. When she returned, her violin was gone. The defendant in the case was observed on MUNI video carrying a case similar to the victim’s violin case.

The defendant was arrested on Thursday, May 5, 2011 by San Francisco Police. On May 10, 2011, Judge McCabe released the defendant on his own recognizance over the prosecutor’s objection. The case was continued to Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Department 10 for the preliminary hearing.

The arrest of the defendant is the result of an investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspector Danker and Officers Porta, Levy, Cranna and Mitchinson. Jennifer Frost is the Assistant District Attorney prosecuting the case.