Whittier Daily News reports that thieves left behind a hand written apology in the band room of Whittier High School after lifting four marching band tubas and mouthpieces over the weekend. The L.A. Times reports the stolen instruments, King sousaphones, would cost an estimated $20,000 to replace.
Thieves appeared to have gained entry by breaking a lock and prying open a door. A security camera located near the band room was not working at the time of the break in.
No longer permitted to charge students for activities, and without a budget to replace the instruments, the school may be forced to make do with a few remaining tubas described as decades-old and in various states of disrepair.