A MUSICIAN whose rare £4,500 oboe was stolen after burglars crawled through a dog flap at her home has been reunited with her beloved instrument.

Rachel Kilby’s prized oboe was stolen from her home in Roath, Cardiff, on Pancake Day, along with two laptops and a Wii games console.

Detectives believed a child may have climbed through the small kitchen dog flap – measuring about 40cm by 40cm – before letting others into the property from the inside.

But police have managed to recover the rosewood oboe after carrying out enquiries over the weekend.

The instrument was found at a shop in the City Road area, where unsuspecting staff bought it for £100 – just 2% of its actual value.

Ms Kilby, head of the music service in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly councils, said she was delighted her oboe had been found.

The 41-year-old said: “I was absolutely elated. I guess I had been fairly hopeful because it’s quite a distinctive instrument that it would turn up, but you never know.”

I’m very happy for the oboist, but mostly what I have to say is PANCAKE DAY?! I want a pancake day here in the USA!



  1. Funny, I recently saw a reference to “pancake day” in our local paper; apparently some people use that term for Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday. Never heard it before then – now I hear it again so soon!

  2. Ah, so that’s what it is. (Yeah, I could have googled it, but of course I didn’t ….)