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Thief drives A Flock of Seagulls' van so far away

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 10:02 PM EDT, Tue July 23, 2013
Mike Score, lead singer for
Mike Score, lead singer for "Flock of Seagulls" talks with CNN affiliate KCAL about the theft of their van.
  • The equipment van was parked at a southern California hotel after a gig
  • In addition, lead singer Mike Score's solo album recordings are missing
  • A Flock of Seagulls' biggest hit was "I Ran (So Far Away)" in 1982

Los Angeles (CNN) -- A van loaded with keyboards, guitars, amps and drums used by the 1980s band A Flock of Seagulls was stolen from a southern California hotel over the weekend, police said.

The group parked the van in front of a Downey, California, hotel after their Saturday night gig, according to their representative.

"Yes, it's all true," lead singer Mike Score told CNN. "The van had all our equipment -- synths, guitars, drums, electronics, clothing -- but most importantly the hard drives containing the files for my new album, which was just about ready to go."

Score placed the "quite conservative" value of $70,000 on the stolen hard drive that contained his solo album.

Score, a co-founder of the English New Wave group, is the only original member still touring.

Their biggest hit was "I Ran (So Far Away)" in 1982.

CNN's Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.