Over the last few years, there have been a number of significant burglaries. Sadly, another has occurred, this time at Calgary-based store The Camera Store, with over $27,000 of stock missing.
The Camera Store, who have amassed nearly 300,000 followers on YouTube thanks to their camera tests and reviews, were broken into over the weekend. As for the damage, approximately $35,000 CAD ($27,000) of equipment has been taken, consisting mostly of Leica and Hasselblad cameras and lenses.
According to CBC, the robbery occurred in the early hours of Saturday, with the burglar(s) gaining entry by prying open the shop shutters, before smashing windows and display cases in order to access the shop’s camera stock.
Among the stock missing was a Leica MP Safari Edition camera — green in color, and a limited-edition piece, with just 1,500 made. Also missing was an $8,000 and three Hasselblad XC lenses (30mm, 45mm, 90mm). The serial numbers are #09008593, #UQ27014288, #2WV10784, #2UVT10447, and #2VVT10265, respectively.
A member of store staff said, “This theft seems very targeted since specific items were taken,” noting other equipment worth over $80,000 was left behind. “We hope that someone in the local photo community will hear something about this.”
A shopping spree reward of $5,000 CAD ($3,800) is being offered to anyone with information that leads to a conviction of the thieves.
Updates on Twitter show an Edmonton listing is being investigated after trying to sell the same three lenses.
Can you help? Please call police at 403-266-1234; case number #17539052.
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