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Grammy Award-Winning Violinist

Thief Jacked My $38K Watch

In Masterful Heist

3/2/2012 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's like a scene out of "Ocean's 11" -- Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell claims a master thief cleverly posed as the musician, infiltrated his hotel room, opened his safe ... and jacked a TON of valuables, including a $38,000 watch.

Josh's rep tells TMZ, the famed soloist was performing with the London Philharmonic in Zaragoza, Spain on February 29th when the thief struck -- breaking into the 5-star hotel room where the musician was staying.

Josh was performing at the time -- but according to his rep, the thief somehow convinced the front desk clerk he was the violinist and obtained a room key. Once inside the room, Josh claims the thief called the front desk and said he was having trouble opening his safe.

According to Josh's rep, the thief met hotel security inside Bell's room -- wearing only a towel, as if he had just gotten out of the shower.

Josh's rep claims security opened the safe for the thief -- never once checking for ID -- allowing him to steal Mr. Bell’s Breguet watch, valued at more than $38,000.

We're told the thief also made off with Mr. Bell’s laptop, a ton of cash, and other personal belongings.

Bell tells TMZ, “I was amazed at how easy it was for this to occur."

Fortunately, the thief did NOT have a chance to jack Mr. Bell’s priceless 1713 Stradivarius violin -- because Bell was using it at his performance. The incident is currently under investigation. 


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Now that's funny

964 days ago


Looks like the hotel owes him some $$

964 days ago


It was an inside job... sue the hotel.

I forgot, half the country is almost bankrupt and almost half of the folks are unemployed.

964 days ago


What is he complaining about? I only wish that something like this could happen to me! The hotel is liable. Not only does he get everything back that was stolen, he can now sue for punitive damages and get even more money!

964 days ago

Grandma Cracker    

I love Joshua Bell

964 days ago


Notice how this article doesn't name the hotel??? 5 star hotels should have cameras positioned at all exits and entrances, plus elevators. The thief should be toast pretty soon. (Unless this hotel is covering up the crime).

964 days ago

Black Becky    

I met him once...he's a really nice guy...very down to earth.

964 days ago


"Can you describe the thief? What was he wearing?"
"White fleece and a BIG smile..."

964 days ago


What is it about celebrities who feel the need to reveal what the pay for their possessions? Elegant people keep price tags personal and private.

964 days ago


Something is fishy - Even JC himself would have to show id to get a room key. Especially in a high end hotel where patrons pay $$ for privacy and security.

This thief is within his own circle - how else would the thief know what room key to ask for? A toddler with a screw driver could get into a room safe. Only his circle would know he was dumb enough to carry loads of cash and valuables and leave in a lousy room safe.

964 days ago


What is realy funny is how the hotel seemingly paid tmz not to metion their what hotel is it?

964 days ago


Excellent comments...what hotel and what about security cameras? The posters are asking the great questions.

964 days ago


Man, I need glasses. I thought that was a gal. Sounds like an inside job as well.

963 days ago


foooooooout douce...ahahhahahaha!

963 days ago


The Hotel and it's security are all guilty of the crime, just as much as the thief himself. I think this hotel should be named. I bet Joshua's lawyers are already beating down the hotel and security...there is a lot of explaining to be done here. There is absolutely no reason for this to have happened.

963 days ago
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