What follows is an official statement from distributor Henley Audio released to the press this morning and intended as a warning to the trade concerning criminals targeting the AV and Hi-Fi Trades.
I’m writing to you today with rather frustrating news. On a shipment we received into our warehouse on Tuesday, 68 turntables had been stolen while the goods were in transit, in what looks like a coordinated robbery.
Unfortunately, some level of theft is common in our industry, however, the sheer quantity of product stolen in one time on this occasion has meant we need to make others aware of the situation. The models affected are amongst our best sellers, so we have a duty of care to ensure our customers are aware when they may actually be purchasing stolen goods.
We always encourage customers to only purchase from authorised resellers – and generally that message works. However, it is likely now some illegitimate sources will begin to appear at a time when stock supply is generally short as part of the ongoing effects of the pandemic.
Thank you for your ongoing support, and all the best as we enter the festive season.
Henley has asked EI to publish the full list of the models stolen and full serial numbers.
Pro-Ject Juke Box S2 (Walnut):
Pro-Ject Juke Box E (Piano Black):
Pro-Ject Primary E (Black):
All goods in the list above will have no warranty support from Henley Audio or Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and customers who purchase these items are encouraged to report their seller to the necessary authorities. The crime reference number from Kent Police is 240113.