Richie Plastikman Hawtin offered a no questions asked EUR2,500 reward this week after thieves stole his laptop and ipads while he was staying in Paris.

“To all my French fans, friends and supporters. I need your help!” the Canadian minimal techno star pleaded in a posting on his label site

“On Friday night someone broke into my hotel room at Hotel Costes in Paris and stole my iPod and 2 x Plastikman Live iPads (serial #GB01723UZ38 and #GB0129CAZ3A) and my Plastikman Live show Apple Macbook Pro 17" laptop (serial #C02CK0GXDC7C),” he wrote.

“I am asking everyone to keep their ears and eyes open for any information about these very important and personal items. I'm offering a 2500 EUR reward for any information that leads to the return of the equipment. Please email me at If found/returned I will NOT prosecute any one involved as I would just like to have my equipment returned,” he added.

Describing themselves as being ‘in one of the trendiest areas’ in Paris . . . very much appreciated by the trendy crowd’ in one press release, the 4 star hotel attracted a less euphoric review on travel portal who labelled it a ‘super fashionable designer hotel in eclectic French Empire brothel style".

“This is a hotel for the thick-skinned fashion follower or the thin-skinned celebrity who doesn't mind a guest pecking order and a staff with attitude,” the site suggested. “Very busy at all times of year, the balcony rooms are best, and the courtyard dining is attractive.”

Richie Hawtin’s latest robbery occurred several years after thieves stole a customized Allen & Heath DJ mixer from him, prompting a similar appeal for information. Fellow M—nus star Magda was also the victim of theft more recently when someone stole her laptop when she performed at the Centrum club in Erfurt and also issued a plea for help via M-Nus’ mailing list.

“We as DJs and artists dedicate our entire energy and spirit to what we do. We work very hard to present music in our own special way. There is no better feeling than knowing that you and the people on the dance-floor are completely connected and knowing that we can share that feeling of excitement from hearing a new special track,” she wrote.

“I am deeply sad and disappointed to know that something like this could happen, especially in the DJ booth, the one place where things should be safe. I feel like I have been stripped of the one thing that is closest to my heart,” she continued.

“We are all in this together and we must respect each other, otherwise there is no point,” she said.

French electro-techno star Vitalic was similarly upset when thieves stole his laptop from London club Cargo, after he left it there in preparation for his gig after soundchecking.

“I am a nice guy and I don’t understand why this happened to me,"” Vitalic told DJ Magazine following the robbery, "I am shocked,” he added.

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