The sax came back, and did so with drama fit for a movie scene.
Metro reported Friday that Dan Moroz’s saxophone was stolen Wednesday from a downtown coffee shop.
The tale of its return began at 10 p.m. Friday night in the St. Regis Hotel. Hotel security guard Brett Kolisnyk overheard a man talking about a stolen sax for sale.
“It sounded like the one in the Metro, so I was like ‘How much do you want for it?’”
The man left the hotel to get the sax, thinking Kolisnyk might buy it for $200. Kolisnyk called police, but before they showed the man returned with the sax 20 minutes later.
There was then no doubt it was Moroz’s sax, Kolisnyk said.
The suspect “freaked right out and took off” when told police were coming, and within minutes police walked in.
“I was like ‘Ah man, you guys just missed him.’”
Const. Natalie Aitken said police searched the area but did not find the suspect.
Kolisnyk, who volunteers with Downtown BIZ and has applied to be a police officer, said he recognized the man from a surveillance photo he’d seen.
“He’s well known … car theft, repeat offender. I was working alone, otherwise I would have detained him.”
By Saturday night Moroz and his sax were back on stage together, grateful to Kolisnyk for reuniting them.
“He was super nice. He was so happy to get it back to me, which is really cool,” Moroz said. “I’m very happy that he did that.”