In the midst of the weekend's unrest across the country, looters ransacked NYC's Leica Store SoHo early Monday morning along with a number of other luxury stores in the area.
Similar events are taking place in cities across the country at the moment, including one in which Chicago's Central Camera was sadly burned down. This Leica store did not fare too much better, as the looters made off with all but a few items from the store's inventory that were saved by a few good Samaritans.
In the video footage below, looters are pouring into stores such as Chanel in New York and left little for Leica Store SoHo owner Elliot Kurland (pictured above). Many may not realize Leica stores are owned by private individuals. This video sheds some light on the experience of your own store being ransacked and not having much power to do anything about it as Kurland recalls his brother's advice of not risking his life by going to the store that night.
With most modern Leica cameras easily breaking the $10,000 barrier for a body and one lens, there is not doubt the store has suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses, not to mention the damage done to the store's interior. Thankfully, the owner of a neighboring store who was there that evening grabbed what she could, locked it away, and came to return some of the inventory to Kurland the next morning.