Only a day after two photographers got robbed while stuck in traffic, another incident happened in California. While two men were doing a photoshoot in a San Diego park, six people tried to steal their gear. When the duo fought back, the thieves shot one man and hurt the other.
Camera gear gets stolen fairly regularly. It’s something we’re all cautious of and try to minimise the risk of it happening. But there are some events that cause us to lose our gear which just so brazen that it’s difficult to account for them. Something that real estate photographers Ben and Masha of Home Shoots discovered while driving home after a photoshoot.
While sitting in traffic waiting to get onto the Interstate 80 onramp on Friday afternoon, a car pulled up beside them. Somebody got out of the car, smashed their rear window, grabbed a bag containing over $7,000 worth of camera equipment and hopped back into their vehicle before racing off. And it all happened in just a few seconds.
On Saturday, thieves smashed a photographer’s car window and stole all the gear that was inside. The theft left Manchester-based photographer Kenny Clayton not only without ~$9,000 worth of gear but also without all the photos he has done in the last five years.
In Manchester, New Hampshire, four thieves broke into at Hunt’s Photo and Video. They smashed a glass door with an ax, filled huge buckets with gear and stormed out. They were caught on the store’s security camera and the footage shows that they did it all in just 53 seconds.
If you’ve been working in Hollywood lately and noticed a piece of equipment disappearing here and there, it might currently be in Argentina. Sky News reports that a huge haul estimated to be worth around $3 million has been discovered in Argentine as part of a cooperative investigation by the FBI, US Police, US Embassy and Argentinian Federal Police.
The haul seems to be primarily Arri equipment, although there seems to be a fair bit of Canon & Sony kit, too, judging from the video posted by Sky News. Argentinian police say that the equipment was being targeted in Hollywood and other US cities before being smuggled into the country. It was then being sold to local gear rental companies.
On December 16, 2017, Calgary-based business The Camera Store had $35,000 worth of gear stolen from their store. The thieves took high-end gear, including a Leica MP Safari kit, a Hasselblad X1D camera, and three lenses. They are offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to a conviction.