A man was arrested Monday after being suspected of fraud and receiving stolen John Lennon diaries that were allegedly swiped in 2006 from Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in New York City.
The unidentified suspect, 58, was arrested in Berlin, Germany, after possibly handling items belonging to the popular Beatles singer who was shot and killed by a gunman in 1980, reported The Associated Press. Police launched an investigation into the stolen goods in 2017.
The diaries appeared in Germany three years ago, reported Deutsche Welle.
“The searches were successful, and further items hidden in the suspect’s car, that presumably belonged to John Lennon’s estate, were seized, ” said the investigators, according to the German public broadcaster.
Berlin police called the theft “art crime” in a statement released Monday on Twitter.
Thanks to the intensive investigation of our colleagues from the CID Unit responsible for combating art crime, items belonging to John #Lennon‘s estate were seized and one suspect was arrested due to fraud and recieving stolen goods. https://t.co/xMN18hkrqT
— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) November 20, 2017
Another suspect is reportedly Turkey and is “not available” for law enforcement actions, the AP noted.
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