Eighties rockers A Flock Of Seagulls have lost $70,000 (£46,670)-worth of stage equipment and computer files for frontman Mike Score's upcoming solo album after a thief stole their rented van from a hotel parking lot in Southern California.
Score reveals the theft occurred at around 2am (local time) on Sunday (21Jul13) as the Brit and his bandmates slept at the Comfort Inn in Downey. They called the police when they awoke and realised their vehicle had been taken.
Cops are now using hotel surveillance footage to track down the main suspect, who was shown jumping out of the passenger seat of another car and breaking into their white van before driving off.
Score is convinced the group was followed from their gig in Bellflower on Saturday night (20Jul13) as the robber is reportedly shown on tape heading straight for the stars' vehicle, which contained a keyboard, two Fender Aerodyne Telecaster electric guitars and a customised drum kit, among other instruments and equipment.
The theft is all the more heartbreaking for Score because the singer had left hard drives full of new tracks for his debut solo release in the van.
He tells the Los Angeles Daily News, "We were pretty close to the end (of the recording process). It's 18 months of work just basically thrown into the trash because some people don't have a real life and have to steal from others. People who do this kind of thing will never have a real life; I think karma in the end will come around and take whatever they have got."
Despite the theft, the I Ran (So Far Away) hitmakers managed to press ahead with a planned show at the Concerts on the Green event in nearby Woodland Hills on Sunday afternoon, using rented instruments and technical equipment.