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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

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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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16.

THIN LIZZY    

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

911 days ago
17.

walt    

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.

911 days ago
18.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Most definitely an inside job.

911 days ago
19.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

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.

911 days ago
20.

Silverado Mom    

Great picture of him.

911 days ago
21.

MasktRacer    

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.

911 days ago
22.

parlayer    

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

911 days ago
23.

wisey    

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

911 days ago
24.

adam    

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

911 days ago
25.

jw    

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

911 days ago
26.

LVG    

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

911 days ago
27.

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.

911 days ago
28.

walt    

He needs this Aston Martin to go with the watch.http://zautos.com/carvideo/2012-aston-martin-dbs-volante-convertible-2dr-hr/

911 days ago
29.

Anne     

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.

911 days ago
30.

Boogie     

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

911 days ago
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