$40,000 baby grand piano stolen in Paris

PARIS, Texas -- A $40,000 Bergmann baby grand piano that belonged to the Paris Community Theatre vanished over the weekend. Now, police are trying to figure out why and how somebody stole it.

Josh Maxwell, the office manager for the Paris Community Theatre, says it was a typical start to the work week when he arrived Monday morning. That's until he checked on the Brown Centre at Clarksville and South Church Street around 11 o'clock that morning where he says children rehearse several times a week.

"Someone one was needing in, and walked in and noticed that the very large grand piano was missing," said Maxwell.

Completely blown away, Maxwell says he was dumbfounded when the 1000-pound Bergmann baby grand piano was nowhere to be found. He says the last time the piano was seen in the building was Saturday afternoon. How the thieves got away with such a large object, remains a mystery.

"When they moved it into the moving, it took six people, plus a specially built dolly for a piano," said Maxwell. "I can't see how one person by themselves could move something that weighs over a thousand pounds."

Paris police say there were no signs of forced entry.

"More than likely, it had to have been somebody that had a key," said Officer Curtis Garrett.

According to Garrett, investigators have looked at surveillance video around the area but say nothing points to any leads right now.

"We're just going to continue looking and hopefully someone knows something," said Maxwell.

Maxwell says they mostly used the piano, a gift from Gary Brown who also donated the building from where it was stolen, for rehearsals.

If you have any information, you're asked to call police or Crime Stoppers by dialing 903-785-TIPS(8477).