Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

German police recover stolen John Lennon memorabilia

German police recover stolen John Lennon memorabilia

The dozens of personal effects of John Lennon found recently in Berlin have been stolen in 2006 by an ex-chauffeur of Yoko Ono, who now lives in hiding in Turkey, said Tuesday the police in berlin.

The suspect, Koral Karsan, lives in Turkey and is now out of reach of German law enforcement, police said as they presented the late Beatle's rediscovered personal effects at a press conference. According to a report from the Associated Press, the lot includes two pairs of the singer's iconic, round "granny glasses", a trio of diaries, and a handwritten musical score. A second suspect is believed to be in Turkey and remains at-large.

In a statement, the Berlin police said that a 58-year-old man was arrested in the German capital as part of an investigation into fraud and the trading of stolen property.

Police arrested a man in Berlin on Monday suspected of receiving the 86 stolen items, which include Lennon's last diary that ended on the day he was shot and killed in NY on December 8, 1980.

Ono identified the objects from photos she was shown at the German consulate in New York, German media reported.

Photo Stolen diaries written by John Lennon in 1975, 1979 and 1980 were recovered by the Berlin police.

The police said on Tuesday that 86 of the items were recovered when Auctionata, a Berlin auction house, went bankrupt earlier this year.

In 2007, Mr. Karsan had been convicted in the United States for another case to 60 days in jail for trying to extort several thousands of euros, Yoko Ono, said the police.

Along with co-Beatle Paul McCartney, Lennon wrote some of the Fab Four's biggest hits including Help and " With a Little Help from My Friends, before the band split in 1970.

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