Musician releases video to try to track down stolen posessionsBy Becky Barnes
February 08, 2013
A heartbroken musician who was robbed of all his worldly possessions has made a video he hopes will go viral in a bid for their safe return.
Devastated Garreth Hicklin, 31, an Eagles tribute band member and self-employed carpenter, who grew up in Bracknell, had his yellow van containing more than £25,000 instruments and tools stolen last Thursday.
The ex-Garth Hill College pupil said: “The van had my life inside – I am a devastated and broken man.
“The items are covered by insurance but are irreplaceable.
“Everything which makes my life run has gone.”
The Illegal Eagles band member made the seven and a half minute video after his Mercedes Sprinter, registration EK03 CVD, was taken from outside his girlfriend Vicki Papps’ house in Hayes, Middlesex.
Garreth, of Reading, said: “It was parked no more than 30ft from the front door and was locked – there was no sign of break in.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed officers were investigating but no arrests had been made. Putting his feelings into the video to an emotive soundtrack (below) Gareth pleaded: “Help me get my life back.”
Garreth, who has played guitar since he was 11, said the most important thing is guitars, amps, tools, personal items, ski clothing and pedal boards.
He said: “The worst thing is not being able to continue my music and not having any transport.
He said: “If you see, get offered or hear of any of these items, ring the police on 999 or 101.
“Or call me 0787 0204160 – 24 hours seven days a week.”
He said if the Illegal Eagles do not get the equipment before their 32-date UK tour on March 1, it will cost half a million pounds when they are forced to cancel.