A pianist for the Moscow Circus has told the police that while he was performing last Friday, thieves broke into his hotel room and stole $6,000 along with two gold bracelets he had bought for his wife and daughter, investigators said yesterday.
"He intended to use the money to build a house in Moscow," said Mary Facella, who served as an assistant translator while the circus was in Baltimore between Wednesday and Sunday.
The 41-year-old pianist, Alexei Evsiukov, told the police that he left his waist pouch in his hotel room at the Days Inn in the 100 block of Hopkins Place before leaving about 5:30 p.m. for the Baltimore Arena. The pouch contained the money, a $1,400 gold bracelet for his wife, an $800 gold bracelet for his 8-year-old daughter, a $700 gold wedding band and his Soviet passport and visa.
But he said that when he returned to the hotel about 9:30 p.m., the waist pouch was missing. Dennis S. Hill, the police spokesman, said there was no indication of forced entry in Mr. Evsiukov's hotel room, which was cleaned in his absence.
The circus troupe left Baltimore yesterday for Orlando, Fla., where they will perform until Monday. They are then scheduled to return to Moscow before going on tour again, Ms. Facella said.
Meanwhile, the police said that in an unrelated incident, another performer in the circus, 30-year-old Sergei Namesnikov, was beaten Friday while window-shopping in the first block of West Baltimore Street.
Mr. Namesnikov said he was walking along Baltimore Street when three assailants jumped out and started beating him on the head, a police spokesman said.
Mr. Namesnikov was taken to University Hospital, where he was treated for facial cuts and a dislocated left shoulder and released, the police spokesman said.
The spokesman said no arrests were made.