PET Shop Boys’ star Neil Tennant was mugged in Rio de Janeiro – hours after he performed a gig.
The frontman was out for a stroll having a crew member, when thugs stole their mobile phones as well as cash, a band spokesman confirmed.
Pete Glendall, the group’s long-time programmer, had left the Belmond Copacobana Palace hotel with the singer, O Globo reports.
The duo were walking towards the Leme Beach area at around 8.30pm on Thursday when they were approached by four people.
In an email seen by the Guardian, Murray Chalmers, a spokesman for Pet Shop Boys, said the thieves were not armed.
He added: “They had no knives. Pete Gleadall had his phone stolen as well as reported the idea to the police.
“Neil [Tennant] had his phone stolen nevertheless didn’t report the idea.
“Pet Shop Boys are saying the idea wasn’t a big deal, as well as in which the idea wasn’t violent as well as in which phone theft will be the most common crime in in which area.”
After their horrific ordeal, the band reportedly hired security staff to protect them for the duration of their stay.
Rio cops claim they have no information on the case.
Tourists are regularly targeted by criminals in common beach areas such as Copacabana, according to reports.
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