A car thief took off with $70,000 in music equipment belonging to ‘80s new wave rockers Flock of Seagulls after he stole their touring van as they slept at a Downey, Calif., Comfort Inn.
Surveillance footage caught the suspect taking off with the all of the band members’ instruments they were planning to take on their European tour.
Now the band — famous for their funky hair-dos and the one-hit wonder “I Ran (So Far Away)” — have left for Scotland without their custom-built instruments and stage clothes that they’ve had since their heyday, the Daily Mail reported.
“Joe’s guitar was hand-built. I use a couple of Fenders that are customized,” lead singer Mike Score, who now opts for a clean-shaven head, told KTLA.
Also stolen were computer drives that contained an entire new solo album recorded by Mr. Score, The Mail reported.
“We think it was somebody from the club that followed us knowing the van was full of equipment,” Mr. Score said. “That’s like a year and a half worth of work that I can’t replace.”
Lead guitarist Joe Rodriguez said, “Twenty years have just disappeared.”
The band said they’ll have to improvise in upcoming performances, “but it’s still very uncomfortable,” Mr. Rodriguez said.
Police have not reported any possible suspects.