Eastbourne based band left ‘absolutely devastated’ after £25,000 worth of equipment stolen

An Eastbourne based band is ‘absolutely devastated’ after thieves stole £25,000 worth of equipment from their trailer.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 2:47 pm

Lead singer of Kangaroo Juice Marc Charlton believes the theft happened at some time on Saturday evening (February 1) in Harebell Close, Langney, after thieves cut the padlock on the band’s trailer, took the musical equipment and bleached the storage unit afterwards.

The band said there is no CCTV in the area but they are working with police, who have sent a forensics team out to examine the trailer.

Marc said, “It’s my livelihood. It’s all I do to earn a living. I’m absolutely devastated. When you take away someone’s ability to earn a living you are the lowest of the low. Whoever is responsible needs to be held accountable.”

Eastbourne based band Kangaroo Juice and lead singer Marc Charlton SUS-200402-143749001

The ex-police officer said he has alerted music shops and pawn brokers across the UK of the theft and that the thieves will struggle to sell the equipment due to its uniqueness.

Marc said, “We know exactly what was in that trailer, every single make, every single mark. The equipment they have stolen, like the guitars, is one of a kind.

“What’s frustrating is trying to shift this equipment is nearly impossible. These are not easily saleable items. The thought is the thieves are just going to end up dumping it because it’s so unique.”

Marc said he has been overwhelmed by the support from his family and the community and is still playing booked shows.

Kangaroo Juice's equipment, worth £25,000, was stolen from their trailer in Harebell Close, Langney SUS-200402-143805001

He said, “I’m so grateful to my friends, family and loved ones who were straight round on Saturday to support me.

“All bookings will be going ahead, we have gear available for smaller venues and we will be hiring equipment for the larger ones. We will not let you down. We are from Sussex by the Sea and we will not be druv.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting reference 47200019828

A list of all missing equipment can be viewed on Kangaroo Juice’s website.

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