One Los Angeles studio suffered a break-in over the weekend, with over $100,000 worth of gear being taken in a time period of just 6 minutes. Unfortunately for the thieves, CCTV caught clear images of their faces, which the studio owner is now using to try and identify them.
Studio owner Peter Cote is also a director and cinematographer. Speaking to PetaPixel, he said that security cameras within the building showed two male suspects. They first entered the building by keying in the code, before using a crowbar to get into Cote’s studio. At writing, it’s unknown how they acquired the front door code.
Cote explained that the building is a “warehouse-type” in south-central LA. It houses creatives of all kinds — musicians, filmmakers, furniture builders, etc. He said:
They took a Phantom Flex4K (serial #20089), which had a 2TB CineMag in it (serial #20090). They also took a Sony a7R II and a bunch of Canon and Sigma DSLR lenses, which varied from vintage FD lenses to modern prime lenses. I’m still figuring out what all is missing.
Review the two videos of footage for yourself. Can you identify the men involved? If so, please contact the Newton station of the Los Angeles Police Department.