(CBS) — Something stolen from a Chicago fire lieutenant would have little to no value to most people, but it’s priceless to him.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports on the Big Bagpipes Caper.

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For six years, Lt. Douglas Crowley has played bagpipes on special occasions for the Chicago Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums band.

“To be able to represent the department at times of tragedy is one of the highest honors we have,” he says.

Late Sunday or early Monday, somebody broke the window in his minivan outside his Morgan Park home and stole his $5,000 bagpipes.

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“I searched all over the neighborhood in the garbage cans, got on the phone with the neighbors that work in Sanitation and said, ‘Hey, please keep an eye out for these things,’” Crowley says.

Crowley says he checked local pawn shops and websites selling unusual items. No luck.

It’s not the value of what was stolen that bothers Crowley so much as what it means to his role in the firefighting family.

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That tradition, he says, is “everything.”