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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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I hope he's not involved because this guy is one hell of a musician.

934 days ago


Who is that vain or short of ego that they need a 38,000 watch while some children have no food to eat. It shows all that is wrong with our society.

934 days ago

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Most definitely an inside job.

934 days ago

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Only someone that knows how to make the security open the safe without checking identification will do that. It doesn't take someone that long to google an image of a violinist.

934 days ago

Silverado Mom    

Great picture of him.

934 days ago


RE: 20. Walt and 25. Buggermyarse
Most likely the 38K watch was a gift from a wealthy art patron. Top level musicians play private gigs and gatherings all the time. To them a 38K watch is a party favor/triffle.

934 days ago


You got to watch out for those NAKED Spanards. They will bend you over every time. aint that right poncho??

934 days ago


The towel is a nice touch. Thats some good stealing.

934 days ago


When the thief is caught he will have to face the music and pay the fiddler his due>

934 days ago


Master thief my azz. Con man maybe? In side job probably.

934 days ago


Joshua Bell has played with Frankie Moreno in Las Vegas at the Stratosphere. Both are incredibly talented musicians. Just Sayin...

934 days ago

Bob L    

Joshua Bell is really lucky that the clever thief didn't steal the rare Stradivarius violin that Mr Bell owns.
Joshua Bell paid 4 million dollars for that Stradivarius violin.

934 days ago


He needs this Aston Martin to go with the watch.

934 days ago


Hey Josh - did you know you can get Timex for about $9.99?? It fits around your wrist and also tells time. Then you can use the other $37,990.01 for...oh, I don't know...MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN A RIDICULOUSLY-PRICED WATCH!!! What an idiot.

934 days ago


Sue the HOTEL buddy...they have Insurance...and you have a 38k check coming your way..not that i feel sorry for you anyway. BUT STILL IT WAS YOUR WATCH

934 days ago
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