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Ohio police officer, honor guard member has bagpipes labeled as ‘police’ stolen, later returned

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An Ohio police honor guard member has been reunited with his beloved bagpipes Tuesday after they were stolen from his car the night prior.

Hamilton County Police Association Honor Guard member and Mariemont Police Officer Stephen Watt was excited to find that his bagpipes -which are used at events such as funerals- have been recovered following the Monday night theft of the pipes from his car.

“Our prayers have been answered,” he wrote on Facebook. “My bagpipes are back! An angel who lives in Delhi found them, and I have them back!”

Watt has been playing the bagpipes at police funerals for over a quarter of a decade, with his bagpipes being stolen mere hours after he stood vigil for a fellow police officer.

“Whoever broke into the car, when they saw the garment bag, it had ‘Hamilton County Police Association’ written on it, and my name, so they knew they were definitely dealing with the police,” Watt said.

Watt’s “angel” was a member of the US Postal Service in the Delhi Township, who found them and brought them back to him.

Cincinnati FOP president Dan Hils said the theft did not only affect Watt, but all who he has played for.

“It becomes personal, but it’s not only personal for Steve — it’s personal for each and every family member who has ever been given an extra honor at their relative’s passing when Steve Watt came,” Hils said.

According to WCPO, Watt said that while some of his other possessions are missing, the bagpipes had been his primary concern.

 

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