Berlin Police Arrest Man Peddling John Lennon's Stolen Diaries

Berlin Police Arrest Man Peddling John Lennon's Stolen Diaries

Berlin Police Arrest Man Peddling John Lennon's Stolen Diaries

German police on Monday arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon's estate, including the late Beatle's diaries.

Police said that a 58-year-old man has been arrested, while a second suspect - who used to work for Ono - is now "unattainable", according to Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor's office.

The Associated Press report that the items resurfaced in July this year when a bankruptcy administrator for Berlin auctioneers Auctionata contacted authorities after the memorabilia was found in the company's storage facility. The three leather-bound diaries that were recovered are dated 1975, 1979, and 1980. In addition to the journals, police retrieved two pairs of his iconic glasses, a 1965 recording of a Beatles concert, a 1952 school book, contract documents for the copyright of the song "I'm the Greatest", handwritten scores for "Woman" and "Just Like Starting Over", and a cigarette case.

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Despite showing up in Germany of all places, the items were reportedly stolen from Ono in NY. "She was very emotional and we noticed clearly how much these things mean to her and how happy she would be to have them back", prosecutor Susann Wettley told the AP.

Ono identified the recovered items as those stolen from her home more than a decade earlier, but it is unclear when the items will be returned to her. A second suspect lives in Turkey and could not be apprehended, the police say, and is believed to have delivered the items to a Berlin auction house, according to the Spiegel Online news service.

According to the BBC, German media have reported that Ono has identified the goods from photos she was shown at the German consulate in NY.

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