Hunt for man who stole £40,000 musical instrument left on train

Police are searching for a suspect who stole a £40,000 bassoon which was accidentally left on a train by a musician last month.

The classic instrument was left on the Lewes service in Brighton in East Sussex on October 19 after its owner got out of the car without taking it with him.

The bassoon was stowed in the overhead luggage compartment, but was taken away by a man who left the train at Southwick station in West Sussex. The police would now like to question him.

When the owner realized he was missing, he rushed to the platform, but the train had already left the station, police said.

CCTV footage taken from the train was released on Wednesday November 10 by British Transport Police (BTP) as part of an appeal for information.

Officers believe the man (pictured below) may have information that could ‘help the investigation’.

Do you recognize this man?

A force spokesperson said: “Officers investigating the theft of a bassoon, worth up to £40,000, from a service from Lewes to Brighton are releasing related CCTV footage.

“On Tuesday 19th October a man boarded the 2.04pm service from Lewes to Brighton and placed his bassoon in the baggage hold. “As he got off the train he left the instrument behind and the train was gone when returned to the Platform.

“Further investigations show the instrument was stolen by another passenger who then boarded a service to Hastings and alighted at Southwick station.

“Officers believe the man in the CCTV footage may have information that could help their investigation.”

BTP said anyone who recognizes the man or has information about the incident can contact officers by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 2100079515.

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