Caught on Video: Thieves Steal Flock of Seagulls' Tour Van, Equipment

Surveillance video captured the theft outside a Downey, Calif. hotel before the thieves drove so far away

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    Thieves stole a van containing equipment belonging to the band Flock of Seagulls Sunday July 21, 2013 outside a Downey hotel. Watch surveillance video.

    Equipment and a van belonging to the band Flock of Seagulls -- most famous for the 1982 hit "I Ran (So Far Away)" and its members' teased hairstyles -- were stolen early Sunday from a Downey, Calif. hotel parking in a theft captured on surveillance video.

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    The video shows a man exit a car parked behind the band's white van, loaded with more than $70,000 worth of equipment. The man backed the van out of the parking spot as another individual drove away in the thieves' vehicle.

    The van also contained hard drives with a nearly completed solo album from band frontman Mike Score, whose cascading blonde hair was an MTV staple of the early 1980s. The band also had hits with "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" and "Space Age Love Song," and earned a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1983.

    The Liverpool-based band went through several member lineups in following years before Score reformed the band in the late 1980s. The original Flock members performed together in 2003 for the VH1 series "Bands Reunited."

    Score, who now lives in Florida, and his bandmates had just finished a performance before Sunday's theft and planned to leave for London this week as part of a tour, according to the Associated Press. 

    The theft occurred at a Comfort Inn in the 9400 block of Firestone Boulevard. The van was stolen between 1:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., after a performance in Bellflower, according to Downey police.

    The show went on Sunday night when the band used rented equipment.

    Call 562-861-0771 with information about the theft.

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