'Piano Man' is reunited with stolen car and equipment worth £8k, thanks to power of Twitter and Facebook

'Piano Man' is reunited with stolen car and equipment worth £8k, thanks to power of Twitter and Facebook

'Piano Man' is reunited with stolen car and equipment worth £8k, thanks to power of Facebook

'Piano Man' is reunited with stolen car and equipment worth £8k, thanks to power of Facebook

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THE power of social media has reunited a musician with his stolen car and the £8,000 of equipment that was inside.

Comedian, pianist and voiceover artist Matt Black, 46 – known as the Piano Man – realised his white Ford Focus estate had been taken at 10am on Thursday, January 30.

It was crammed full of expensive musical equipment, including a Yamaha CP33 electric stage piano, two Bose L1 Model 1 amplifiers, four microphones, stands and leads.

The well-known Parkstone performer said: “My car keys were hanging on a hook in the hallway of my house. The police think the thieves might have retrieved the keys through the letterbox using a long hooking device and then driven off with the car and all my music equipment.”

Details of the crime spread via social media and the car was discovered nearby. Matt thinks the publicity made the car “too hot to handle”.

“It was a couple of streets away from where I live. I think they were leaving it hoping things would cool down before they could do anything with it,” he said.

“I have been overwhelmed by the support of people on Facebook, as the message saying my car and equipment was stolen has been shared more than 200 times.”

The car was parked outside his home off Churchill Road in Parkstone .

Matt said it looked as though all the equipment was still in the car, although he would not be able to get into it until a locksmith arrived at a police compound today.

Matt’s musical comedy act races through numerous genres from classical to rock and roll. He has appeared with stars including The Supremes, Boy George, Mud and Richard Digance.

He is still hoping someone will be able to help police find the thieves.

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said: “The incident was reported to us at 9.59am on January 30. A vehicle was stolen but there was no forced entry. Keys were hung on a hook on a door.”

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11:34am Mon 3 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

Thats an old trick that I thought most were aware of, glad you got your car and hopefully all your stuff back.
Thats an old trick that I thought most were aware of, glad you got your car and hopefully all your stuff back. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

11:48am Mon 3 Feb 14

Poolemusicman says...

I don't think Facebook helped lol, might of just been good policing by Dorset police.
I don't think Facebook helped lol, might of just been good policing by Dorset police. Poolemusicman
  • Score: 3

11:58am Mon 3 Feb 14

MrPitiful says...

Fancy leaving £8k worth of equipment in the street inside a ropey old Ford with dodgy private reg number.

Isn't that asking for it to be nicked?

As dodgy as the guy's "act" I reckon.
Fancy leaving £8k worth of equipment in the street inside a ropey old Ford with dodgy private reg number. Isn't that asking for it to be nicked? As dodgy as the guy's "act" I reckon. MrPitiful
  • Score: -10

12:35pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sharkforsale says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Fancy leaving £8k worth of equipment in the street inside a ropey old Ford with dodgy private reg number.

Isn't that asking for it to be nicked?

As dodgy as the guy's "act" I reckon.
Fancy taking the time to leave such a pathetic comment. When did you last see his act? Judging by the word 'reckon', I assume never. Matt's act is extremely fast paced, clever and enjoyable for all ages. Would thoroughly recommend him and have booked him myself in the past. Irrelevant of make/model/age/numbe
r plate of a car, maybe you should take note of the lengths people will go to to steal other people's possessions. Pitiful by name, pitiful by nature.
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Fancy leaving £8k worth of equipment in the street inside a ropey old Ford with dodgy private reg number. Isn't that asking for it to be nicked? As dodgy as the guy's "act" I reckon.[/p][/quote]Fancy taking the time to leave such a pathetic comment. When did you last see his act? Judging by the word 'reckon', I assume never. Matt's act is extremely fast paced, clever and enjoyable for all ages. Would thoroughly recommend him and have booked him myself in the past. Irrelevant of make/model/age/numbe r plate of a car, maybe you should take note of the lengths people will go to to steal other people's possessions. Pitiful by name, pitiful by nature. sharkforsale
  • Score: 11

4:00pm Mon 3 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

I think most of us have seen and read the warnings about leaving keys on view in hallways,especially when leaving highly saleable goods in the car..so what went wrong here ?.
I think most of us have seen and read the warnings about leaving keys on view in hallways,especially when leaving highly saleable goods in the car..so what went wrong here ?. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

1:41am Tue 4 Feb 14

MrPitiful says...

sharkforsale wrote:
MrPitiful wrote:
Fancy leaving £8k worth of equipment in the street inside a ropey old Ford with dodgy private reg number.

Isn't that asking for it to be nicked?

As dodgy as the guy's "act" I reckon.
Fancy taking the time to leave such a pathetic comment. When did you last see his act? Judging by the word 'reckon', I assume never. Matt's act is extremely fast paced, clever and enjoyable for all ages. Would thoroughly recommend him and have booked him myself in the past. Irrelevant of make/model/age/numbe

r plate of a car, maybe you should take note of the lengths people will go to to steal other people's possessions. Pitiful by name, pitiful by nature.
I saw him not so long back actually in a venue on West Cliff.

He turned up, sang a couple of songs ( badly ) and then proceeded to tell some "jokes" laced with foul language over his mic. He then sang a few more songs by which time the only audience members were his small circle of friends and a few of us at the bar who were staying for the ironic comedy value only.

Good job it was free entry as those who walked out in the first 10-15 minurtes would have been hammering for a refund.

By the way, it sounds like whoever the scumbag was who did this didn't have to go to any "lengths". £8k worth of equipment was left in a make/model of car notorious for its poor securityin the street. Keys to the car were apparently left in a place where they were easily taken using the oldest and easiest trick in the book.

I am pitiful - pitiful of the poor police whose time was wasted on this incident which should not have happened ion the first place had the "victim" taken sensible precautions.
[quote][p][bold]sharkforsale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Fancy leaving £8k worth of equipment in the street inside a ropey old Ford with dodgy private reg number. Isn't that asking for it to be nicked? As dodgy as the guy's "act" I reckon.[/p][/quote]Fancy taking the time to leave such a pathetic comment. When did you last see his act? Judging by the word 'reckon', I assume never. Matt's act is extremely fast paced, clever and enjoyable for all ages. Would thoroughly recommend him and have booked him myself in the past. Irrelevant of make/model/age/numbe r plate of a car, maybe you should take note of the lengths people will go to to steal other people's possessions. Pitiful by name, pitiful by nature.[/p][/quote]I saw him not so long back actually in a venue on West Cliff. He turned up, sang a couple of songs ( badly ) and then proceeded to tell some "jokes" laced with foul language over his mic. He then sang a few more songs by which time the only audience members were his small circle of friends and a few of us at the bar who were staying for the ironic comedy value only. Good job it was free entry as those who walked out in the first 10-15 minurtes would have been hammering for a refund. By the way, it sounds like whoever the scumbag was who did this didn't have to go to any "lengths". £8k worth of equipment was left in a make/model of car notorious for its poor securityin the street. Keys to the car were apparently left in a place where they were easily taken using the oldest and easiest trick in the book. I am pitiful - pitiful of the poor police whose time was wasted on this incident which should not have happened ion the first place had the "victim" taken sensible precautions. MrPitiful
  • Score: 0

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