U.K. police seek man wanted for stealing accordions worth $160,000

Musicians practice both traditional Chinese and French compositions for the accordion in a park in central Beijing on September 11, 2006. Police in the U.K. released surveillance footage of a man wanted in connection to the burglary of a music store in Berkshire, England, in which a collection of accordions worth $160,000 was stolen.Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

BERKSHIRE, England, Nov. 4 (UPI) — Police in England released surveillance images of a man connected to the theft of accordions worth a total of $160,000.

Thames Valley Police shared the CCTV images seeking information about the man wanted in connection with a burglary of the accordion collection from The Piano and Accordion Shop between Aug. 7 and 8.

“I am appealing for the man pictured in these images, or anyone who knows him, to please contact Thames Valley Police immediately as we believe he might have vital information about the burglary,” detective Andrew Corbett said.

Police told the BBC the surveillance footage was released nearly two months after the theft.

The Piano and Accordion Shop sells and repairs accordions, some of which are worth up to $16,000 each. Bev Lovell, grandson of the company’s founder, said the theft was “highly professional.”

Lovell said members of Britain’s accordion community had rallied around the store as police continued to search for the burglars.

“We believe the man might have links to Port Talbot, so I would encourage communities in that area of South Wales to share our appeal and these pictures,” police said.


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