Posts like these have become fairly common the last couple of years. A lost GoPro here, a missing DSLR there. And we all want to do what we can to help (hence this post). But this has to be the most hilarious attempt to reunite a camera with its owner that I’ve seen. Why? Because all of the faces are obscured. It seems that they were blurred by the Police themselves, but it’s going to make identifying them kind of tricky.
Earlier this month, Calgary-based business The Camera Store was robbed for pricey Hasselblad X1D camera and three lenses, and a rare Leica MP Safari kit. Thanks to the fast reaction of the community and the police, the Hasselblad gear was returned to the store only 48 hours after the robbery. And now, just in time for Christmas, the rare $13,000 Leica found its way back to the store, too.
Earlier this week, Calgary-based business The Camera Store was robbed and $35,000 worth of Leica and Hasselblad gear was stolen from their store. Only 48 hours after thieves leaving the store, Calgary police caught two suspects and took them into custody. Hasselblad gear was returned to The Camera Store, but there is still no clue of rare Leica M-P 240 Safari.
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.
For two weeks now, there has been an ongoing scam that caused twenty people from LA to lose thousands of dollars in camera gear. A user under the name “Andy Mai” uses Facebook Marketplace and Venmo payment system to pull the scam and steal the gear.
Four victims of the scam have been verified, and in total they lost $25,000. However, after two sellers shared their story, it turned out that there may be as many as 20 scammed people, with the total loss of as much as $100,000. As it turns out, the scam occurs mainly because the sellers are unfamiliar with the Venmo’s policy, And in addition to this, the scammer(s) keep making new accounts and pulling off the same scam all over again.
A few weeks ago, my camera was stolen out of my studio locker at school. I am an architecture student in college, so I keep my a lot of my stuff at my studio. Anyway, I put my camera in my locker for about 2 days without having to use it. When I finally decided to pull it out 2 days later, I noticed that it was missing. I called the campus police and someone came over to take a police report. They asked me questions like, “when did you last see it?”, and “do you know if anybody you know would take it?” etc.
The last question that they asked was if I remembered what the serial number was. They said that places like Pawn shops have to report the serial numbers in case people sell stolen items to them. Luckily I had semi-recently bought the camera, so I called the store were I bought it from to ask if they knew. They checked their records and pulled up my cameras serial number. I told the police and they wrote it down.
The worst fear of most photographers is having their equipment stolen. Yes, it’s “only gear”, and yes you should insure it, but you grow attached to it. You get used to its little quirks that let you bring out the best in it. Even if it is insured, you have to wait, sometimes for weeks, cameraless until they pay up. And any images that might be on memory cards in those cameras will still be gone forever.
So imagine then, after having your equipment stolen to then actually have it returned to you. That’s exactly what happened to one Troisdorf based photographer. Reunited with her bag at a police station near Bonn, she got very emotional. The reunion was recorded on camera and posted to Facebook by German broadcaster WDR.
Dear photography community. I am writing this post to warn you. Warn you about two things!
We live in a modern age with crazy technology – our cameras are proof of that. And so is the technology the common thief uses. On a travel to Lithuania I parked the rented car (with full insurance coverage) and went for lunch with my girlfriend, her mom and two friends. With my camera safely locked in the trunk.
Returning to the car I didn’t notice anything. We didn’t notice anything until an hour later, where we parked and I needed my camera. Opening the trunk I wondered where I put the backpack. Coming to my senses, I realized my shoulderbag with the camera, my backpack, my girlfriends backpack and one of my friends backpack wasn’t there.
Having camera gear stolen sucks. Having camera gear stolen while out on assignment really sucks. Veteran sports photographer Gary Hershorn can testify to that first hand. While covering the ongoing 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Gary looked away for a second to put something in his bag, only to turn around and find that $18,000 worth of his gear had just been stolen.
Being robbed is like a punch to the stomach. Seeing someone making money with your stolen possessions and not being able to do anything about it is just a swift kick to the gonads.
That’s exactly what Australian photographer Jon Grundy experienced when a daredevil photographer [name removed] broke into Grundy’s home and stole $15k worth of gear. The thief then used the gear to shoot photos that he offered for sale online in addition to garnering much media attention from his dangerous exploits. But, one thing the thief hadn’t counted on was that each of his photos was meta-tagged with the name of the photographer from whom he stole.