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Is This The Accordion Thief?

Thames Valley Police has recently released CCTV images in relation to high-value burglaries of accordions in Sunningdale, which detectives believe are linked. The Accordion Shop in London Road has been targeted by burglars on three occasions since August last year. Owners Chris & Julia Lovell were subsequently unable to visit the Eastbourne Accordion Festival as the were having further security enhancements fitted to their shop that weekend. The pair were devastated and sent apologies to all at the festival as it was the first time they had missed a Carillon event.

Approximately £130,000 of accordions were stolen in the first raid, nothing in the second attempt but a further £20,000 in the last raid in which 5 accordions were stolen. We have not published news of the event until now as it was hoped the thief would try and offload them in the UK and all shops and dealers were made aware of this. Two Soprani’s, two Bradoni’s and a rare V accordion made up the last batch of lost instruments.

The thief made a mistake though as the V Accordion needs a power supply and all relevant sources have since been contacted and have been watching out ever since. Thames Valley Police now also believe they have information on the perpetrator and another person of interest in the case. They are currently looking for these two men and have released pictures of them (please see header picture). They have also released the press release quoted below.

Thames Valley (Press Release) – Police reference numbers 43160218225 and 43170034683

The first burglary happened between about 4pm on Sunday 7 August and 9.40am on Monday 8 August last year. A total of £130,000 worth of accordions were stolen during this burglary. At the time, Thames Valley Police published CCTV of a man in a black T-Shirt holding a white bag who detectives would like to speak with as he might have vital information about the incident. We are re-releasing that CCTV today and would still like to make contact with this man. The second incident happened on Monday 30 January this year at about 2.10am when offenders tried to gain access to the store but failed. Nothing was taken during this incident. The third incident happened at about 2.40am on Saturday 4 February. Offenders gained entry to the property by removing a window frame and damaging security shutters. The offenders then stole a total of £20,000 worth of accordions.

Thames Valley Police is today releasing an image of another man, wearing a suit, who may have vital information about the incidents in January and February this year. Investigating officer, PC Andrew Corbett of Local CID, said: “I am appealing to the men pictured in these images, or anyone who knows them, to please contact Thames Valley Police immediately as we believe they might have vital information about the burglaries. “We believe the man in the black T-Shirt holding a white bag might have links to Port Talbot in South Wales, therefore I would encourage communities in that to share our appeal and these images.

“If you know these men or have any other information about the burglaries and attempted burglary please call police on 101 and ask for Thames Valley Police quoting reference numbers 43160218225 and 43170034683. “I understand that some people do not want to speak to the police so alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

Please be advised we are aware that an attempt has been made on at least one other accordion shop in the past few weeks and advise all accordion owners and retailers take care until this person is caught.