Video shows photographers robbed of $7,000 in smash & grab while stuck in traffic

Feb 8, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Video shows photographers robbed of $7,000 in smash & grab while stuck in traffic

Feb 8, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

The couple noticed that they were being followed by the dark Honda Accord since they left their photoshoot near Dolores Park, but I doubt they expected this. The entire encounter was captured on video by another driver named Alex, who was patiently sitting behind them in his Tesla. After the incident, he pulled over to exchange contact info with the photographers.

The bag contained over $7,000 worth of equipment, which they told PetaPixel comprised of a Nikon Z6, Nikon 14-30mm f/4 S, DJI Mavic Air 2, DJI Ronin SC, Flashpoint speedlight, filters, memory cards “and some other small stuff”.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the couple get back up and running, although I always thought that this was one of the reasons why we got insurance. I do hope they can get shooting again quickly, but if nothing else, this incident serves as a perfect example as to why you should have insurance.

[via ABC7 News / PetaPixel]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Video shows photographers robbed of $7,000 in smash & grab while stuck in traffic”

  1. gtvone Avatar
    gtvone

    Wham Bam TeslaCam!

  2. Greg Sheard Avatar
    Greg Sheard

    From what I heard, they did have insurance but it wouldn’t cover them