A videographer has inadvertently filmed the theft of his own equipment while recording footage of a speaker at an anti-racism rally in Toronto, ON last weekend.
Producer and videographer Javon Martin had his backpack stolen, containing camera gear, laptops, and hard drives, this past Sunday during a demonstration at Nathan Phillips Square. Martin was some feet away from his backpack, pointing his camera in the direction of it in order to video someone making a speech at the rally.
Upon finding his bag missing, Martin reviewed his own footage in the hopes of any clues, and sure enough found he had filmed the thief in action. The man is initially sat close by the backpack and, when realizing nobody surrounding him seemed to be claiming it, swiftly picked it up and walked away with it.
Martin claims the bag had gear to the value of between $5,000 and $10,000 CAD (~$3,700 – $7,400 USD) in it at the time it was taken. Toronto PD are investigating, although Martin told Global News he didn’t file a report, as he supports defunding the police and would rather see resources spent supporting Black communities.
Speaking to Global News, he said:
The hard drives and all the client data and all the footage that we’ve actually recorded is what we’re really missing. All the [gear] is replaceable, but the events that happened in the past, even the ones before social distancing, we can’t get those back. That’s the real value that was lost.
He remains optimistic in tracking down his gear.