Man Arrested in Berlin Over John Lennon's Stolen Diaries

German police presents stolen diaries and other items belonging to former Beatle John Lennon that were recovered during a news conference in Berlin Germany 21 November 2017. REUTERS  Florian Boillot

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.

Police said a 58-year-old man was arrested on Monday in Berlin on suspicion of fraud and the handling of stolen goods.

The diary, which includes an entry from the day the Beatles star was murdered, is among 100 recovered items that had been stolen from Ono in NY in 2006.

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

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

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"The searches were successful, and further items hidden in the suspect's vehicle, that presumably belonged to John Lennon's estate, were seized, " said the investigators, according to the German public broadcaster.

Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor's office, said another suspect, who lives in Turkey, "is unattainable for us at the present time". The second suspect in this ongoing investigation previously worked for Ono as a chauffeur, but has not yet been taken into custody.

Mr Steltner said it was not clear when the recovered items could be returned to Lennon's estate. In that vein, Beatles memorabilia generally fetches tens of thousands of dollars at auction, making Lennon's estate a ripe target for fraud or thievery. The manuscript, which will be sold in NY in June, is part of a group of letters and drawings entitled John Lennon ' You Might As Well Arsk, ' and is estimated to be auctioned for between $30,000 to 40,000 (18,200 to 24,230 pounds).

The handwritten score, signed by Paul McCartney, was due to be sold with a guide price of £20,000.



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