Audio-Technica (UK) has issued a statement advising retailers and distributors to be wary if approached to buy new Allen & Heath products from unknown individuals following the theft of DJ and pro-audio kit worth more than £50,000 earlier this week.
Thieves broke into a delivery lorry parked outside Audio-Technica’s Leeds warehouse during the morning of Tuesday 10 April and made off with 15 GLD-AR2412 AudioRacks (and not mixers, as reported previously and elsewhere), 70 Xone K2 DJ controllers and 50 Zed series compact mixers among other Allen & Heath gear. The consignment was in-bound from the Cornwall-based manufacturer, and was due to be processed and issued to dealers later in the week.
The timing of the crime is particularly unfortunate for both parties: Audio-Technica has only been distributing A&H in the UK since January 2012; and the goods stolen comprises mainly new models (AudioRacks for the GLD range, pictured, were launched at NAMM) which cannot easily be replaced, says Allen & Heath.
If approached, dealers should contact Audio-Technica or Steff Goulding at West Yorkshire police on +44 (0)113 241 4629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full list of all the items stolen and their corresponding serial numbers can be found at http://bit.ly/HwzZO9.