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Community raising money to help Lowcountry teen get new instrument after hers was stolen

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Charleston School of the Arts student Alex Schwarz, after someone stole her bass from her family's locked car last week. (Lindsey Maloney/WCIV)

UPDATE: Late Monday night we learned that someone found Alex's bass in their driveway and police have returned it to the family. The good Samaritan said he didn't want the reward, just a "cheap rockabilly bass" which the family said they will be getting for him.

Alex Schwarz, a sophomore at the Charleston County School of the Arts, is all about that bass. No, not the fish; the 6-foot-tall stringed instrument.

Alex has been accepted to the Brevard Music Institute, and says she dreams of becoming a professional musician. But right now she’s missing a crucial part.

Someone stole her bass from her family's car Thursday night at Mount Pleasant’s Waterfront Park.

The bass is worth $7,000, but Schwarz says it's priceless to her. She played it for three years,

"My bass is definitely special to me because it's a unique sound that you can't find in another bass," Schwarz says. "I’ve always made jokes, like, 'No one would steal that,' but I guess someone just probably looked through the window and was lik, 'That's a large, probably expensive instrument."

Alex's mother, Deb, says the family had only recently finished making payments on the instrument.

"Her instructor sold it to her and we paid 200 a month for over two years to buy it," Deb Schwarz said. "It's very special to her. I can tell you I cried. She cried. It's been a really upsetting time for all of us."

But then a plan was orchestrated.

"I posted something on Facebook to the thief saying please just give it back," Deb Schwarz said. "Before you know it, there's a GoFundMe set up, and musicians were offering their instruments to Alex."

People have donated almost $3,000 in four days -- music to Alex's ears.

"It's amazing to see all the people who are donating and supporting me," Alex says.

The family says if enough money is raised to pay for the bass, any additional money they raise will go to the School of the Arts.

There will also be a concert on Friday at the School in the Rose Maree Myers theatre. It starts at 6:30 p.m. A donation box will be set up for anyone wishing to donate to Alex's cause.

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