‘80s flashback: A Flock of Seagulls’ equipment stolen in Downey

Downey police are asking for the public’s help in finding two suspects who stole equipment from 1980s new-wave band A Flock of Seagulls.

The band had performed over the weekend and left the van -- a white 1999 Ford E-350 -- parked at the Comfort Inn in Downey. The group’s best-known hit is “I Ran (So Far Away).”

Surveillance video broadcast on KTLA-TV shows a dark SUV pulling up behind the van and a man exiting the driver’s side, breaking into the van and driving off with it.

The SUV then follows the van out of the parking lot. Police say up to $70,000 worth of equipment was inside the van.

Frontman Mike Score told KTLA there were hard drives to a new solo album and instruments inside.


“Joe’s guitar was hand-built. I use a couple of Fenders that are customized,” Score told the TV station.

Anyone with information is asked to call Downey police at (562) 861-0771.


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