Bad Company Drummer’s Stones Are Ripped Off


May 29, 2008

Thieves took more than $350,000 worth of jewelry in a Memorial Day raid on the Greenwich Village home of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, cops said.

The musician found the jewels missing from a safe when he returned home from a weekend out of town with his family. Two laptop computers worth $3,000 were also missing, cops said.

Cops found the front and back doors of the West 11th Street apartment Kirke shares with his wife and four children unlocked with no signs of being forced, a police source said.

Kirke told them he couldn’t remember whether he’d locked them.

The Englishman was also unsure whether he had locked the safe inside the house before the family left, the source said.

Kirke was a founding member of the band Free, whose hit “All Right Now” reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries.

He set up Bad Company after Free broke up in 1973.

That band sold 60 million records, including “Rock and Roll Fantasy” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”

Since leaving Bad Company in 2002, he has been songwriting and occasionally performing. He made a how-to-play-drums DVD in 2006 titled “Lessons from a Legend.”

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