Deputies busted a burglar who confessed to pawning musical instruments played by at-risk kids.
Jeremy Raynold Voisine, 34, was caught stealing them from Life Storage in West Boca, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He confessed.
Mike Fraley knew the stolen goods belonged to the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County for at-risk kids he directs. This is their 26th season.
But here’s the problem.
“You have to buy your items back. We had insurance and we’re waiting to hear. I can’t imagine what kind of condition they’ll be in,” Fraley said. “Sometimes the judge will issue a legal document pawn shops have to release items without paying.”
Here’s what was hocked at 10 pawn shops in Broward County:
“We had a whole set of Eastman Strings, four basses, 10 cellos, 8 violas and 20 of the Eastman violins and 15 or 20 others,” Fraley said. “They took music stands we had purchased that were still in boxes. A euphonium. A large upright bass case called a coffin case.”
Fraley knew right away the storage unit was burgled when he went there after their Halloween concert. “Tons of stuff was missing. I felt like I was punched in the stomach,” he said.
Also music director at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca, Fraley put out feelers to see if anything turned up. “We didn’t get any leads,” he said. But Friday Nov. 1, he was informed PBSO had arrested the burglar. “I sent them serial numbers that matched what he had pawned,” Fraley said.
Fraley commends PBSO and wants the burglar prosecuted.
“But we want to make something positive out of something negative,” Fraley said.
The orchestra needs $25,000 to resume the after-school music enrichment programs at J.C. Mitchell and Boca Raton Elementary schools. He hopes this will encourage donations. https://yopbc.org/
“We ran out of funding so we’re trying to get that reinstated,” he said.
By Marci Shatzman