Members of the 1980s new-wave band A Flock of Seagulls were robbed of $70,000 worth of equipment after a performance in Bellflower over the weekend.
The equipment was stolen from the van of the group, best known for their hit "I Ran (So Far Away).” The van was parked at a hotel in Downey.
Surveillance video from the hotel showed the band’s white 1999 Ford E-350 van parked in front of the reception area.
Overnight, a car was seen pulling up to the van. A man got out of the car, broke into the van and drove off with it and everything inside, including the hard drives of a new solo album recorded by band frontman Mike Score.
Band members also lost several one-of-a-kind instruments.
“Joe’s guitar was hand-built. I use a couple of Fenders that are customized,” Score said.
The group had several international performances lined up and said they would have to find a way to improvise.
Band members hope the thieves don’t get away with selling their equipment.
Anyone with information is asked to call Downey police at (562) 861-0771.