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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Chula Vista police were on the lookout for a man and woman who attempted to pawn a middle school girl's $500 flute taken from her mother's minivan, which was stolen but recovered the same day.

The 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan that contained the brass-colored Yamaha flute was stolen from 706 F St. sometime on the night of Oct. 25, according to a Chula Vista police statement. The van was found, but the Chula Vista Middle School student's flute was gone.

The girl's mother asked a manager at the Pawnshop on Broadway near G Street whether anyone had tried to pawn her daughter's instrument and was told a man with a limp and a woman attempted to do so the day after the van was taken. However, the employee refused to hand over any money because the flute had its barcode sticker removed and he believed it was stolen, police said.

The woman recognized the flute's case in surveillance photos showing the suspects. They were later seen leaving in a silver or light-colored compact car, according to the statement. She was told a second man tried to sell the flute a few days afterward, but he too was denied.

Police described the male suspect as white or Hispanic and 30 to 40 years old with thinning hair and a goatee. He was wearing a San Diego Chargers shirt and was carrying the flute case. The woman is white or Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, has red hair and was wearing a black dress.

Anyone with additional information on the theft or the identities of the suspects was asked to call police at 619-409-3875 or 619-691-5151.

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