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ProVision – stolen equipment

This is a round up of several different losses for ITV / ProVision.

If anybody is offered any of these items, please contact Mark Wallace on 0161 952 1978

ProVision Stolen Equipment – Mandata Van, Love Island Aftersun & Autopsy 2018
Stolen – Mandata Van Theft – February 2018
Description Serial Number ProVision Barcode
Sony PXW-FS7 Camera 38282 415231
Sony FS7 Grip Remote NA 411788
Sony FS7 Viewfinder NA 413252
Sony VCT14 Plate 009121496A 302793
Metabones EF Speedbooster Ultra Mount for FS7 1012016059 415218
Sony BPU60 Battery for FS7 1303067 411751
Sony BPU60 Battery for FS7 20120807 419323
Sony BPU60 Battery for FS7 5211486 424375
Sony BC-U1 Charger 16013003371 411958
Sony Remote Commander for FS7 NA 413159
Sony IFU-WLM3 USB LAN NA 413156
Sony XQD USB Reader 2016-01-06-0006 415201
Sony XQD 64Gb G Series Memory Card OABCLE610 413569
Sony XQD 64Gb G Series Memory Card OC8CNKM682 424324
Sony XDCA-FS7 Extension Unit 14683 415226
Stolen – ITV Love Island Aftersun – July 2018
Description Serial Number ProVision Barcode
Sony PXW-FS7 Camera 38723 411789
Sony FS7 Grip Remote NA NA
Sony FS7 Viewfinder NA NA
Cinedesign VCT14 Plate NA 411790
Metabones EF Speedbooster Ultra Mount for FS7 1012015502 424123
Sony BPU30 Battery for FS7 402800 415223
Sony BPU60 Battery for FS7 411864 20160422
Sony XDCA-FS7 Extension Unit 15061 411802
Sennheiser K6/ME66 Mic Kit 55818 317031
Sennheiser SK 100 G4 Transmitter 1376378822 411998
Sennheiser SKP 500 G4 Plug On Transmitter 1513133021 312993
Beyer Dynamic C2 M58 Mic 23293 410720
Canon EF 16-35mm III USM 6390915 411586
Canon EF 24-105mm IS II USM 5623005597 413437
Canon EF 70-200mm IS II USM 3610005728 411730
Miller Compass 25 Tripod C40990 412529
Techpro Felloni 1×1 LED Panel 1090231000796 418071
Techpro Felloni 1×1 LED Panel (unknown) 305757
Swit Vlock Battery 315322
Swit Vlock Battery 315312
Swit Vlock Battery 315416
Easy Rig Minimax MM238 413052
Stolen – ITV Autopsy – August 2018
Description Serial Number ProVision Barcode
Vinten Pro 6 Tripod C1194768 312972

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Procam / SWG3 robbery 24th August

At some point over the night of Thursday 23rd / Friday 24th August, Procam had several items of equipment stolen, from the venue SWG3 in Glasgow.

 

  • Sony PXW FS7 MKII         sn 0032825
  • Zacuto FS7 Recoil Rig
  • Sony XDCA Extension Unit  sn 0019069
  • Zacuto Z VCT-P Baseplate
  • Hawk-woods CA2X Adaptor
  • Hawks-wood 90wh Battery
  • Sony E Mount 28-135mm sn 5121639
  • Sachtler Video 18 Tripod sn 18P14795
  • TV Logic Monitor LVM 095 sn 095WN200292
  • TV Logic  Monitor LVM 095 sn LV095N0189
  • TV Logic Monitor  LVM 095 sn LC095N0488
  • TV Logic Monitor LVM 095 sn 095WN200050
  • Panasonic AW-HS50 Vision Mixer sn H5TBA0008
  • Atomos Shogun Flame sn K3A94SHF50H46
  • Atomos USB docking station
  • 480GB SSD
  • Timecode Buddy Mini TRX
  • AKG 542 Mic
  • Wisycom CTK-38 TX sn R3627239
  • Sound Devices MM1 Pre Amp sn 02040608017
  • Ikan iPad Teleprompter
  • iPad pro sn W7DKPH
  • Various Short BNC Cables no SN
  • Various Short XLR Cables no SN

 

If you have any information about the whereabouts of any of these items, please call Procam in Glasgow on  0141 4294200 and ask for Darryl Hewat.

 

 

 

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Picture Canning Robbery

The following items were stolen from Picture Canning on Sunday 12th August.

If you have any information regarding their whereabouts, please contact Natasha on 0207 998 0490

Item

Serial Number

ARRI Amira Camera

15193

ARRI Amira Accessories Case

N/A

Leica Summilux-C 21mm Lens

CW-0003456

Leica Summilux-C 25mm Lens

CW-0003347

Leica Summilux-C 50mm Lens

CW-0003303

ARRI Master Prime 100mm Lens

8956651

ARRI Alura 18-80mm Lens

6350595

ARRI Alura 45-250mm Lens

6361319

Zeiss CP.3 135mm Lens

50091249

Zeiss CP.2 50mm Planar Macro Lens

50044352

Cooke S6/i 25mm Anamorphic Lens

9025-0170

Dedolight PanAura Octodome 5 Light Kit

N/A

Dedolight Tungsten 3-Head Kit

66580 + 66581 + 663740412-45315+0512- 45317+0512-45316

Ballast for M18

760382

Spare Bulb for M18

N/A

DJI Ronin

0330017993

DJI Ronin 2

2ANDr-R21708

Flowcine Gravity One

0153

DIT Laptop

N/A

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Michael Banfield Jailed

We are just a little bit delighted to report that one of the most prolific sources of fraud in our industry has, courtesy of the City of London Police’s investigation, been jailed for seven and a half years.

This conviction would not have happened without the information gathered and shared by X-hire members.

It’s plainly and simply just great, great news.
Michael Banfield Jailed

More on this case from the City of London Police, here:  http://news.cityoflondon.police.uk/r/1064/multi-million_pound_international_film_industry_f

Multi-million pound international film industry fraud sees men sentenced to more than seven years
London man sentenced to seven and a half years for committing £2.1 million fraud after stealing equipment from companies working in the film industry
City of London Police’s Fraud Squad investigation uncovered crimes spanning eight countries and nine companies
Accomplice Jamie Jackson was sentenced to a 12 month suspended sentence on 5 July 2018
A London man was sentenced to seven and a half years on Friday 6 July 2018 at Southwark Crown Court for committing fraud by false representation after attempting to steal equipment across eight countries from nine companies working in the film industry.

The case was originally taken on by the former London Regional Fraud Team and passed to the City of London Police’s Fraud Squad in March 2017. The Fraud Squad’s investigation into Michael Banfield, 36, of Buchanan Gardens, Kensal Green, London, found that he had been instrumental in taking £2.1 million worth of equipment from hire companies between June and November 2014.

The complex fraud involved a network of shell companies and fraudulently using legitimate company details to obtain filming equipment which was never returned.

An accomplice, Jamie Jackson, 28, of Wigram Way, Stevenage was sentenced to a 12 month suspended sentence on 5 July 2018 for his part as a courier of the equipment.

The three companies

Between June and December 2014, Banfield used the identities of three companies to obtain equipment from the nine victim companies.

One of the company identities used in the fraud was registered as a limited company in September 2013 and dissolved in May 2015. Banfield was unsuccessful in his attempt to obtain equipment when he contacted one filming equipment hire company using this limited company’s name.

The second company identity, used by Banfield between June and July 2014, was a legitimate company; its owners and staff had no part in his crimes. However, Banfield used the company’s identity and false names to contact the victim’s directly to hire equipment.

A third company name, World Wide Broadcast Solutions Ltd (WWBS) was registered as a limited company in January 2014.

How did it work?

In order to give the companies legitimacy, Banfield falsely obtained insurance documentation and provided false names using fraudulent identity documents. He also used pay as you go mobile phones without named subscribers to contact victims and used stolen bank card information. He then assisted in providing this false information to couriers and transported them to airports before they attended the victim’s premises.

Banfield successfully collected film hire equipment from companies based in the UK, South Africa, Canada and the USA, and subsequently failed to return it. He then assisted in the attempt to sell the equipment online using the WWBS company name. At least 15 items were advertised for sale online during August 2014 and one sale is known to have been successful. The equipment taken from the victim companies has never been found.

The fraud unravels

On 28 April 2015, a search was carried out at Banfield’s home address during which paperwork and mobile phones were seized. Evidence identified that a storage unit was used to store the stolen equipment, which had been set up by Banfield, using an alias to do so. A bank account in the name of this alias was registered at Banfield’s home and the telephone number linked to the bank account was attributed to Banfield. He attended a voluntary interview at Bishopsgate Police Station in the City on 11 May 2015.

The accomplice, Jamie Jackson, acted as a courier for the stolen equipment in one of the offences in November 2014. Jackson was arrested and searched on 5 November 2015 at the premises of one of the victim companies where he was attempting to collect equipment on behalf of WWBS. A mobile phone was seized which contained a text message referring to the collection of the equipment and to WWBS. A business card for WWBS was also seized.

Detective Constable Daniel Ward of the City of London Police’s Fraud Squad said: “The global scale of the investigation, along with the significant losses, false identification and frequent use of unregistered mobile phones by the suspects made this a complex case to investigate.

“The sentence received by Banfield today shows the severity with which we treat these offences; it should act as a warning to those looking to commit fraud that they will be caught, no matter how far their crimes spread.”

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Theft from Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel.

The following assets which have been stolen on Thursday Night/Friday 13th April 2018 Morning from Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel.

 

1x Sony PMW-400 (Serial Number:- 62712959)

1x Fujinon XA16x8A-XB8A 1:1.9/8-128mm Lens (Serial Number:- D62001913)

2x Sony DX ( ES-9/2 ) ENDURA-HL9S BATTERY (Serial Numbers:- CY32502, CY32501)

1x Sony VL-2PLUS CHARGER WITH AC ADAPTOR (60W)STANDARD VERSION (Serial Number:- K1-22703)

2x Sony MEAD-SD02 Media Adaptor (Serial Numbers:- 22727, 22730)

 

1x Shure QLX-D Receiver (Serial Number:- 2PA1278180-01)

 

2x Shure ULX-D Handheld c/w Beta58 head (Serial Number:- 20A1394169-01, 2NJ3048862-01)

 

Contact Paul Robson on 07770 372727 if you have knowledge of the whereabouts of any of these items.

 

 

 

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Oberon Recycling Ltd

The Flash Centre in Birmingham have been victims of a fraudulent hire from a company using the name of a legitimate – albeit potentially mothballed business called Oberon Recycling.

The first approach was made by telephone and several calls to arrange details went back and forth.

A company account was set up and goods were delivered to a unit at a local creative centre.

The hire was for a period of two weeks with the goods due back on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, the goods were not returned and all contact details for the hirer are now dead.

The names being used were Stephen Jennings and Alan Larkin.

Items taken were as follows:

Canon C300 # 533440200419
Canon 5Dmk4 #023021001703
Canon 5Dmk4 #22007825
EF 24-105mm lens #398880
EF 24-70 2.8 lens #5000409
EF 70-200 2.8 lens #137041
2x DJI Ronin M #DJ211918222390
2x Gopro Hero 5 Blacks
Zoom H6 kit #00025147

If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact Kevin Threadwell on 0121 3279220

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‘Mohamed Farah’ and ‘Gavin’

ProVision in Manchester have been hit by a fraudulent hire.

Items taken are:

  • Canon 5D MK3 – S/N 053024013534
  • Canon 5D MK3 – S/N 053024013535
  • Sony A7S Mk1 – S/N 3772425
  • Canon 16-35mm – S/N 6390919
  • Canon 16-35mm – S/N 2182859
  • Canon 24-70mm – S/N 439992
  • Canon 24-105mm – S/N 6587395
  • Canon 70-200mm – S/N 3160000378

The kit stolen bears remarkable similarities to the kit stolen from 247kit and the vehicle used to collect was the same type, albeit a different registration. Before now the fraudsters have used stolen cars with fake plates.

‘Gavin’ called to make an initial booking which his colleague a gent using the name ‘Mohamed Farah’would be collecting, they made several calls to add extra items.

‘Mohamed’ (photo below) came to collect, provided a passport for ID and made payment via debit card which all went through with no problem.
He collected in a grey (could have been dark blue) Audi A3, ET55 HBG.
The details used in this theft are as follows:  ‘Mohamed Farah, 159 Kingsley Road, Liverpool, L8 2XQ 07845685042  Mo-23@hotmail.co.uk’
Important note:  It is entirely possible that ‘Mohammed Farah’ is a pseudonym, or that the real Mr Farah has been the victim of identity theft.  Nothing  on this site should in any way be taken as indicative of the guilt or innocence, (or the involvement in fraudulent activity), of anyone whose details are published here.

If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact Mark Wallace on 0161 952 1978

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‘Phillip McKinnell’ and ‘Caroline Roberts’

247Kit have been the victims of what may be a fraudulent hire. Since hiring, the client has not returned the kit or responded to phone calls or emails.

Itms taken were as follows :

Canon 5DMKIII                 13023000390

Canon 5DMKIII                 13023001091

Canon EF 16-35                 4431316

Canon EF 16-35                 9730237

Canon EF 24-70                 3125002367

Canon EF 24-70                 3125002362

Canon EF 70-200               306001244

Canon EF 70-200               306001245

 

Manfrotto 504HD             F0413960

Manfrotto 504HD             F1246201

The cameras were in distinctive Urban Camo Portabrace bags and the lenses were in 2x  custom Tan 3 lens cut-out Pelicases.

Kit was booked by an individual using the name “Phillip McKinnnell” of 64 Winfield road, Lakenheath, IP27 9HR and was collected by his supposed girlfriend who used the name “Caroline Roberts” (in a dark blue Audi – reg GY54 YYG).Important note:  It is entirely possible that ‘Mr McKinnell’ or ‘Miss Roberts’ are pseudonyms, or that real individuals with those names have  been the victims of identity theft.  Nothing  on this site should in any way be taken as indicative of the guilt or innocence, (or the involvement in fraudulent activity), of anyone whose details are published here.

Phone number given was  07845939203 and email phillipmck2005@gmail.com

If you have any information regarding this matter, especially the whereabouts of Ms Roberts, please contact Greg at 247Kit on 020 7631 4455, hire@247kit.tv www.247kit.tv

 

 

 

This is “Ms Roberts” , who collected the kit which has not been returned.
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Thefts from Soho Broadcast and Mutiny Media

A gentleman going by the name ‘Alfie Terence Patrick Curtis’  – featured in the photograph below, hired equipment from Mutiny Media and did not return it.

Important note:  It is entirely possible that ‘Alfie Terence Patrick Curtis’ is a pseudonym, or that a real individual with that name has  been the victim of identity theft.  Nothing  on this site should in any way be taken as indicative of the guilt or innocence, (or the involvement in fraudulent activity), of anyone whose details are published here.

Items stolen were:

A Canon 5D MK III (body only with batteries, CF cards) – SN:238020000219

A Canon C300 mk1 s/n 533701300190 which was sub-hired from Soho Broadcast
A Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L Series Lens w/ 2x caps – SN:725006530
A Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L Series Lens w/ 2x caps
A Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L Series Lens w/ 2x caps – SN:725006530
The equipment has not been retuned.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this camera, please contact Simon at Soho Broadcast on 020 7494 4449 or Catherine at Mutiny Media on 0207 287 6690 

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Theft from Ammonite hire Bristol

The following items were stolen in October 2016 by a hirer called Oladipo Sonowo.

Sony PMW F5 camera SN 0100990

Sony LCD V/F SN 100673

AXS-R5 recorder SN 01

AXS-CR1 AXS card reader SN 101516

Card readers, cards and batteries were also taken – a full list is below.

If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact Jack on 0117 927 9778

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