Can you help artists who had their precious work stolen on Unity Street?
ARTISTS had their life's work stolen as they prepared for an exhibition in Bristol.
Alexandra Zierle and Paul Carter had their laptop, hard drives and audio equipment taken from a car parked outside the In Between Time office on Unity Street last Friday evening.
Ms Zierle said: "The Apple Mac laptop and back-up hard drives contains our life's work and we are desperate for their return as we have no other copies of our work."
She and Mr Carter are "visual artists", whose work is primarily in the form of photographs and video footage.
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The couple usually back up their work to the hard drives kept at a separate location, but in this one-off instance the hard drives were stored with the laptop.
Based in Cornwall, the couple were in Bristol preparing for "Living Room Opera" as part of IBT13 International Festival of Performance.
Their equipment was in a red and grey Jeep rucksack and was hidden under a coat in the footwell of their Peugeot estate car.
They assume the thief had been watching them unload the car and targeted the laptop, as other items of similar value were not touched in the crime that happened between 5.15pm and 5.45pm.
Ms Zierle added: "As full-time artists, we live a frugal lifestyle, putting what money we earn from commissions back into our art.
"Despite our situation, we are prepared to pay a reward, no questions asked, for the return of the laptop, such is the importance of it."
Police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: "The owners of the computers have lost precious work which was on the stolen equipment are understandably keen to get it back.
"This theft is being investigated and we would like to speak to anyone who saw the property being stolen, or has been offered similar property in suspicious circumstances."
Call the police on 101, the In Between Time office on 01173 169955, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.