Downey police say someone stole at least $40,000 worth of equipment over the weekend from the 1980s band Flock of Seagulls — the band puts the losses at $70,000, according to the Associated Press. It happened while the band was staying at a Downey Comfort Inn on Sunday. More than one person may have participated in the crime.
The band, best known for its 1982 hit “I Ran (So Far Away),” is missing its van. Someone took off with the vehicle, which was filled with music gear — including guitars, drums, a keyboard and hard drives with the songs for Seagulls’ frontman Mike Score’s first solo album. Those hard drives make up 18 months of work for Score, he told the AP.
The van was stolen Sunday outside the Comfort Inn, a day after the band played in Bellflower.
Hotel surveillance cameras caught a suspect entering the van and driving away.
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Lt. Mark McDaniel with the Downey police department says footage also shows a dark car following the stolen vehicle.
“So we believe both suspects — the one that got in the van of course, and the suspect in the dark colored sedan — were both working in conjunction with one another to steal the vehicle,” McDaniel said.
The van that was stolen is a 1999 white Ford E–350.
Police say no witnesses have come forward. They’re asking people with any info to call the Downey police department.
The band plans to use rented equipment as Flock of Seagulls continues its tour — they’re heading to London next.
This story has been updated.