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A thief ran (so far away) after robbing $70,000 worth of equipment from '80s new-wave band Flock of Seagulls.

Frontman Mike Score told the Los Angeles Daily News that around 1:45 a.m. Sunday the band's van was broken into and stolen.

Surveillance footage obtained from KTLA5 shows the band's large white van being driven out of a Comfort Inn hotel, where the band was staying for the night.

Score estimated $70,000 worth of property was stolen, including instruments, studio equipment, band merchandise and $10,000 in high-end stage clothes.

?We think it was somebody from the club that followed us knowing the van was full of equipment,? Score said.

Most upsetting to Score was losing all his hard drive files for his first and nearly-finished solo album.

"We were pretty close to the end. 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," he said in an interview with the Daily News.

The band used rented equipment to perform at another show the following day and is leaving for London to continue its tour, according to an AP report.

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So you could say that the equipment just flew away? :P

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sucks for them :/

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Most upsetting to Score was losing all his hard drive files for his first and nearly-finished solo album.

"We were pretty close to the end. 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. 

 

Guess they never heard of the concept behind "backing up your files".

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So you could say that the equipment just flew away? :p

And I ran, I ran so far away ...

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And I ran, I ran so far away ...

Hahahahah, loved them in the 80's especially Mike's hair  :D

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I liked this story better when I thought an actual flock of seagulls stole a van.

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Flock of Seagulls' van found, but gear's gone

 

Los Angeles (CNN) -- A Flock of Seagulls' friends and fans are watching Craigslist, eBay and pawn shops for band leader Mike Score's stolen amps and instruments.

While the singer's signature floppy hair was lost years ago, Score's keyboards, guitars, drums, mics and clothing disappeared last weekend when a thief took the band's van from in front of a hotel in Downey, California, Score said.

"The van itself was found, but all the gear was taken. The van was empty," he told CNN Wednesday. Investigators are searching for fingerprints and other clues on the vehicle.

"The word, though, is out and we have lots of other band members scouring eBay and Craigslist for signs of the equipment," Score said. Southern California guitar stores have lists of the stolen gear in case someone tries to fence it there, he said.

While equipment is replaceable, Score is especially anxious about a hard drive that contained songs for his upcoming solo album. The music "was just about ready to go" when it disappeared with the van, he said.
 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/24/showbiz/flock-of-seagulls-theft/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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While equipment is replaceable, Score is especially anxious about a hard drive that contained songs for his upcoming solo album. The music "was just about ready to go" when it disappeared with the van, he said.

Always remember to backup before you leave the house.

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I'd think the low-life thieves would hear of the News, and at least have the decency to return the hard drives/Music.

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