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Stolen van recovered thanks to The Shuttle
8:50am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Local
A MUSICIAN whose trailer with drums and percussion instruments was stolen has been reunited with the vehicle and the items - thanks to The Shuttle.
Tim Scarborough thought he would never see his equipment again after callous thieves stole the trailer from outside his Bewdley home, on September 30.
But after a resident read about his devastation in last week’s Shuttle, Mr Scarborough was soon reunited with his instruments.
The anonymous man contacted police last Friday, just a day after the paper came out, to say he had bought the trailer with the items the day before.
Police then recovered the vehicle from the Spennells area of Kidderminster before returning it to Mr Scarborough, with all of the musical instruments in tact.
The stolen items included 30 drums and about 200 percussion instruments such as maracas and tambourines, worth around £5,500.
Mr Scarborough , who runs Rhymicity, carrying out drum workshops in schools and churches, said he was delighted he had got his “livelihood” back.
“I was amazed,” said Mr Scarborough. “The police kept telling me this never happens - you don’t get your stuff back.
“It came back exactly as it was. I thought they were gone for good. I spent the whole week trying to sort out replacement equipment and filling out insurance forms and thought that my life was going to be difficult for a while.”
He added the instruments were returned to him just in time as he was running a workshop in London today.
“I would have had to drive to two different places in London to borrow half the equipment I needed and then go to the venue,” he said.
A spokeswoman for West Mercia Police confirmed the instruments had been returned to Mr Scarborough after a man read the story in The Shuttle. She added officers were still investigating the theft.
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