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Police: Man apologized as he pedaled away with stolen $70,000 violin

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man is accused of breaking into a workshop in southeast Portland and pedaling away on his bicycle with a $70,000 violin.

Police were called to a home on the 5800 block of Taylor Street Sunday night. As officers responded to the scene, it was reported the suspect was on a bicycle wearing a backpack.

An officer spotted a man matching the description and took him into custody.

Investigators say Nico Longoria, 33, broke into a workshop behind a home that night. The homeowners heard a noise and then spotted the lights go on in the building.

They said the suspect left the workshop and took off on his bike. A man living in the home said he chased after Longoria briefly, but he got away. According to court documents, Longoria said "I'm sorry" as he rode away from the scene.

When police caught Longoria, they said he was wearing a young girl's pink backpack with a violin and a violin bow sticking out of the top. He also had a reusable New Seasons bag with him.

The bag was filled with various items later identified as stolen from the workshop, according to police. The violin, according to the victims, was recently appraised for $70,000.

According to court documents, Longoria told police he had the violin because he saw two men fighting and one of them threw it at him.

Police said he also denied any knowledge of the bag with the stolen items in it.

Longoria is facing charges of aggravated theft and burglary.

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