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LUXRY Ltd

Luckwinder Singh trading as Luxry Ltd has hired goods and not returned them. Luxry Ltd is actually a chauffeur company which is in dissolution and may be unconnected with this issue.

From information provided to us, it very much appears that the person presenting himself as Mr Singh may be using an assumed name and false identity documents. Please do not hire to him if he approaches you.

Currently outstanding are a

  • C300 Mk2 kit, SN 963282600142
  • Canon Cine-e lens set
    • 14mm – 92811450
    • 24mm – 92912262
    • 35mm – 93711200
    • 50mm – 93012276
    • 85mm – 93112383
    • 135mm – 93211232
  • and a Sachtler FSB10 tripod
    • Head: S2046D191132
    • Legs: S20521901535
    • Spreader: S20561901398

If you are offered these goods for sale please contact James at Cameraworks on 020 7729 2992

 

 

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Theft From Courier Vehicle

C2S Media have had goods stolen from a courier vehicle.

Unfortunately, while the Driver went to sleep in his cab, the listed items were stolen overnight in Barking Essex on the 16/6/21

If you have information on the location of any of the following items, please contact Alun at C2S Media on 0207 143 4080

 

Manufacturer
Model
Description
Serial No’s
SONY HDC-3100 HD Colour camera

S010010959A

SONY HDC-3100 HD Colour camera

S0100105361

SONY HDC-3100 HD Colour camera

S0100108735

SONY HDVF-L750 On Camera Viewfinder

S0101092828

SONY HDVF-L750 On Camera Viewfinder

S010109284A

SONY HDVF-L750 On Camera Viewfinder

S010109279E

SONY HDCU-3100 4K/HD Camera Control unit

S0100125420

SONY HDCU-3100 4K/HD Camera Control unit

S0100125486

SONY HDCU-3100 4K/HD Camera Control unit

S0100125464

SONY VCT-14 Camera Adapter

9093085224

SONY VCT-14 Camera Adapter

0123085882

SONY VCT-14 Camera Adapter

0123085680

C2S ITEM BY-915100 70m Lemo Fiber Cable

NSN

CANON CJ18 x7.6B IASE-S 4K standard portable lens w/2x ext, focus motor & e-digital drive unit w/encoder

02114818

CANON CJ18 x7.6B IASE-S 4K standard portable lens w/2x ext, focus motor & e-digital drive unit w/encoder

02114806

CANON SS-41-IASE Digital full servo kit / FPD-400D/ZSD-300D

50G114

50J418

CANON SS-41-IASE Digital full servo kit / FPD-400D/ZSD-300D

50G119

50J417

CANON SS-41-IASE Digital full servo kit / FPD-400D/ZSD-300D

50G116

50J434

Vinten 3983-3C Pedestal Pro-Ped Studio – Black

03906

Manfrotto MVK504XTWINFA Manfrotto 504X Fluid Video Head with 645 Fast Twin Alu Tripod

00030704235006

FOR-A HVS-110 Portable Video Switcher

15111331

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320894

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320884

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320914

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320913

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320912

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320908

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320907

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320905

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320902

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320901

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320896

Samsung EVO 860  500GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD SSD Drive

S62BNF0R320895

Blackmagic Design CONVMCSAUD Mini Converter – SDI to Audio

8075776

Blackmagic Design CONVMCSAUD Mini Converter – SDI to Audio

7886161

Blackmagic Design CONVMCSAUD Mini Converter – SDI to Audio

8076108

Blackmagic Design HDL-SMTWSCOPEDUO4K2 SmartScope Duo 4K 2

8439089

Blackmagic Design HDL-SMTVDUO2 SmartView Duo 2

8387588

Blackmagic Design HDL-SMTVDUO2 SmartView Duo 2

8387591

Blackmagic Design HDL-SMTVDUO2 SmartView Duo 2

8387586

Lilliput A11 10.1″ 4K HDMI Monitor

A11A505310182

LG Electronics 27UL650-W LED display 68.6 cm (27″) 3840 x 2160 pixels 4K Ultra HD Silver

101NTRLQH494

BenQ BenQ PD3200U 32 inch Graphic Design Monitor 4K

ET52M04459019

GENELEC 8020DPM Bi Amplified Monitor Speaker (AUDIO PGM)

8020DPM71150374

GENELEC 8020DPM Bi Amplified Monitor Speaker (AUDIO PGM)

8020DPM71150373

GENELEC 8020DPM Bi Amplified Monitor Speaker (AUDIO PGM)

8020DPM71150368

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328626

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328636

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328655

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328635

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328633

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328627

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328606

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328634

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328622

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328534

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328637

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328649

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/SH03G Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G

8328623

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/HS03G Micro Converter HDMI to SDI 3G

8128550

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/HS03G Micro Converter HDMI to SDI 3G

8128711

Blackmagic Design CONVCMIC/HS03G Micro Converter HDMI to SDI 3G

8127752

Blackmagic Design CONVMOF12G Mini Converter Optical Fibre 12G

8326235

Blackmagic Design CONVMOF12G Mini Converter Optical Fibre 12G

8325792

Blackmagic Design CONVMOF12G Mini Converter Optical Fibre 12G

8326402

Blackmagic Design CONVMOF12G Mini Converter Optical Fibre 12G

8423766

Blackmagic Design ADPT-3GBI/OPT 3G SFP Optical Module

8369064

Blackmagic Design ADPT-3GBI/OPT 3G SFP Optical Module

8369122

Blackmagic Design ADPT-3GBI/OPT 3G SFP Optical Module

8369012

Blackmagic Design ADPT-3GBI/OPT 3G SFP Optical Module

8369062

Shure CVG12S B C Micro cardioid gooseneck with flexible 30 cm double-jointed Shure CVG12S-BC and switch

3TH22582050

Shure CVG12S B C Micro cardioid gooseneck with flexible 30 cm double-jointed Shure CVG12S-BC and switch

NSN

Allen & Heath SQ-5/24X SQ-5 Digital Audio Mixer

001009479

K&M 23310 Table Stand

NSN

Zoom H5 Digital Audio Recorder

B56258517

Blackmagic Design CONVMSYNC Mini Converter Sync Generator

8200584

Blackmagic Design HDL-MULTIP6G/16 MultiView 16

8381883

Blackmagic Design HDL-MULTIP6G/16 MultiView 16

8381835

Blackmagic Design VHUBSMART6G2020 Smart Videohub 20×20

8427437

Datavideo ITC100 8 Way Intercom System ntercom/ talkback system (max. 8 ch). Includes base station, gooseneck mic. and light for base

station, 4x ITC100 SL Belt Pack (see ITC-100 SL for more details)

00718540

Datavideo ITC100 8 Way Intercom System ntercom/ talkback system (max. 8 ch). Includes base station, gooseneck mic. and light for base

station, 4x ITC100 SL Belt Pack (see ITC-100 SL for more details)

00718541

Datavideo ITC-100SL Extra Belt Pack and Headset

00717721

Datavideo ITC-100SL Extra Belt Pack and Headset

00717732

Datavideo ITC-100SL Extra Belt Pack and Headset

00717733

Datavideo ITC-100SL Extra Belt Pack and Headset

00717736

Portaprompt 400-232 Quasar 32 inch ULTRA HI BRIGHT, 16×9 Head-up Display, flat screen 1200 NITS brightness LCD display (mains/12v DC) with SDI, Video PAL//NTSC or VGA inputs and 270° Tally lamps.

NSN

Portaprompt 600-032 32″ Hood and Glass x1

NSN

Portaprompt Either Rigging Special Fusion style special rigging for two Sony HDC-3100 cameras side by side

NSN

Portaprompt 700-002 HD Heavy duty Monitor Stand for 32″ Quasar – Adjustable height, 3-folding legs with castors and rigging attachment for 1 x 32″ Quasar in stand alone mode

NSN

Blackmagic Design BMD-VHUBSMART6G4040 BLACKMAGIC Smart Videohub 40×40

8472248

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Lorena Levi

A woman using what we believe to be fraudulent credentials of Lorena Levi has hired and not returned to two different hire companies that we know off and unsuccessfully attempted to hire from others.

VMI lost a Sony A7S Mk II with 2 x DSLR lenses. Serial numbers  pending.

New Day Pictures lost the following items.

Serial Number Description
23021001714 Canon EOS 5D MK IV ORANGE
23021004892 Canon EOS 5D MK IV SILVER
3495973 Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM Lens
5120007590 Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM Lens
6750086 Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8 L II USM Lens
5977426 Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM Len
C1041004-1 Pro 6 HDV Tripod Kit – LEONE
C0930714 Pro 6 HDV Tripod Kit – JOHN
4001057 Sony PXW-FS5 MKII Camera
C1914282 501HDV Tripod Kit – TOM
4924116 Canon EF 24mm f1.4 L II USM Lens
3409560 Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L USM Lens
219224 Canon EF 85mm f1.2 L II USM Lens
3781141 Sony a7S MKIII Camera PURPLE
RE000443 Manfrotto 502 Tripod

 

 

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this equipment, please contact Brad at New Day pictures on 020 8549 9966

 

 

 

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ABC Crane stolen from van

Pro-Motion Hire have had an ABC Crane and Ronford legs stolen from a locked vehicle.

ABC Speedy Crane 6-9M Kit                      011318

Ronford Baker 150mm Bowl HD Legs      6011140

The vehicle was entered via the culprits drilling into the rear doors and being able to play about with the door lock mechanism and gain entry.

If you have any information regarding the location of any of these items, please contact Duncan at Pro-Motion hire on 020 7735 2964

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Camera theft

A Canon XC10  –  SN: 953054000362 was stolen from a train in Essex while out on hire from Alias films.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of this camera, please contact Alias on 020 7436 3060

 

 

 

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Fake BBC – fraudulent hire theft from WEX Rentals

In April of this year, Wex Rentals were the victims of a fraudulent hirer who pretended to be from the BBC.

A fake PO was provided and the goods were collected in person.

Please be on the lockout for the following items

CANON EOS R5 BODY with S/N: 013021000762

CANON RF 85MM F1.2 L IS USM with S/N: 7700000291

CANON RF 24-105MM F4 L IS USM with S/N: 6803007994

NIKON D850 with S/N: 6058097

NIKON AF-S 24-120MM F/4G ED VR with S/N: 62045351

NIKON AF-S 14-24MM F/2.8G ED with S/N: 407220

And if this gentleman is known to you, please get in touch!

 

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Theft from a van 25th May 2021

Production Sound Mixer, Aris Anastassopoulos has had his gear stolen from a Ford Transit (method of entry undetectable), at some point on Tuesday (25th May).

If you are offered the equipment, or see it for sale elsewhere, please could you let Aris know directly.

Please be on particular lookout for the Neumann KMR81D digital short gun mic which is quite rare, so if one shows up for sale anywhere, it’s worth letting Aris know.

Aris can be reached on

Mail  aris (at) soundforfilms.com 

Mobile : 07935537385

Missing Equipment List 

  1. RECORDER; SOUND DEVICES 688 S/N : NR0215294002
  2. WIRELESS ; LECTROSONICS SRB/E01 Second generation slot/portable dual receiver S/Ns : 216 , 218
  3. WIRELESS ; LECTROSONICS SRB5P/E01 Second generation slot/portable dual receiver S/Ns : 244 , 245
  4. WIRELESS ; LECTROSONICS SMDB/E01 Miniature Beltpack Backlit Transmitter Grey S/Ns : 3166, 3167

2 Units

  1. WIRELESS ; LECTROSONICS SMDB/E01 Miniature Beltpack Backlit Transmitter S/Ns : 2010 , 2011

2 Units

  1. WIRELESS ; LECTROSONICS SMB/E01 Miniature Backlit Transmitter Grey S/N : 1185

1 Unit

  1. WIRELESS ; LECTROSONICS SMB/E01 Miniature Backlit Transmitter S/N : 848

1 Unit

  1. WIRELESS ; LECTROSONICS HM/E01 Plug-On Backlit Transmitter Block: 606 S/N : 886 , 1185

2 Unit

  1. WIRELESS ACC ; LECTROSONICS OCTOPACK Multicoupler S/N 30277 1 Unit

 

  1. WIRELESS ACC ; LECTROSONICS SNA 600A ANTENNA S/N NA

2 Units

 

  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN CS3-e, S/N : 2669
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN CS3-e, S/N : 4330
  1. MICROPHONE; NEUMANN KMR 81D S/N : 198
  2. MICROPHONE; SCHOEPS CCM41, S/N : 9989
  1. MICROPHONE; SCHOEPS CCM8, S/N : 10158
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN  COS-11D Skin S/N 121205
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN Black COS-11D Red Dot S/N 122908
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D Red Dot S/N 122909
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D Black S/N 156589
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D White S/N 159546
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D White S/N 186518
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D White S/N 178088
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D Grey S/N 185169
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D Skin S/N 182016
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D Black S/N 166127
  1. MICROPHONE; SANKEN COS-11D Black S/N 181985
  1. WINDJAMMER; CINELA ZEPHYX CCM M/S + HEAVY WIND FUR
  1. MICROPHONE ACC; SCHOEPS LC 60 U

2 units

  1. IEM : SENNHEISER EK 1039 S/N : 1026112442,1026112443, 1026112446,1026112447, 1026112451

5 Units

  1. IEM : SENNHEISER SK 500 G3 S/N 1026360398
  1. IEM : SENNHEISER EK 2000 IEM S/N NA

2 units

  1. POWER ACC :Audio Root e-Smart Li-98Wh Smart Lithium Battery

2 units

  1. POWER ACC :Audio Root e-Smart DH MK2 Hirose Power Distributor

1 unit

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Fake Universal Music requests

Today’s special is Universal Music.

Somebody using the name ‘Mark Cooper’ is emailing to request hire goods from the domain umusicgroup.co.uk

This is not the real domain for Universal Music.

Please be on alert.

 

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Fake purchase requests from ‘Nottingham University’.

Fraudsters using an email address of @nottingham-ac-uk.com rather than the correct format of ac.uk are emailing broadcast sales outlets trying to obtain goods.

This domain was purchased late last year and updated in Feb of this year.

There is a distinct likelihood that there will be other similar attempts so please examine the email addresses carefully of any requests of this nature.

You can use https://who.is to check registration details and dates.

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Fake use of Bauer Media’s credentials

Fraudsters using a convincing but fake PO, purporting to be from Bauer Media, attempted to buy Sony A7s cameras.

Verification with the real Bauer Media’s accounts department quickly unearthed it as a fraudulent purchase.

The real Bauer Media are innocent victims of ID theft here but if you are approached with a purchase request, please verify it with the real company.

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Fake Warner Brothers Request

We are now getting reports of fake kit hire requests for Warner Brothers.

Somebody purporting to be  Alex Bowers of Warner Brothers called and requested kit. He was asked to email in and did so using the email address alex.bowers@wmguk.co.uk which is not a valid email address.

Please note there is a genuine Alex working at Warner brothers and this is not him.

The hire company checked with the real Alex who confirmed it was not him and must be a scam.

Fake Alex provided the following details – spelling licensing incorrectly.

Alex Bowers
International Licencing Manager
Warner Music UK
27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5SW, United Kingdom

T +44 207 368 2000
M +44 7377 720 377

We would advise treating all requests from unknown contacts at any major media company with extreme caution and verify who you are dealing with by phoning a publicly advertised number.

Based on previous bouts of this sort of fraud, they will run through lots of other companies too.

If you hear from fake Alex, please let us know.

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Sakaria Mohammed and Hisham Hassan

A-Cam of London have been hit by serial offender Sakaria Mohammed who now appears to have a colleague – Hisham Hassan.

thief

Hisham Hassan

thief

Sakaria Mohammed


The hires were conducted separately but back to back and it seems implausible to think they weren’t connected.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of either of these men or the kit listed below, please contact Andy at A-cam at info (at) acamhire.com


Arri ALEXA Mini Camera Body 1 K1.0003873 – 20660
Arri ALEXA Mini Camera Body 2 K0.0014799 – 25439
Arri ALEXA Mini Viewfinder MVF-1 1 K2.0005861 – 6027
Arri ALEXA Mini Viewfinder MVF-1 2 K2.0005861 – 11439
Cooke S4i Mini 18mm lens 8018-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 25mm lens 8025-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 32mm lens 8032-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 50mm lens 8050-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 75mm lens 8075-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 100mm lens 8100-0259
Angenieux ( 0320798 ) EZ-1 S35 PL Mount Lens MFN10750A
Zeiss ( 1868-092 ) CP.2 T2,9 21mm Lens 50020561
Zeiss ( 1868-092 ) CP.2 T2,9 35mm Lens N/A
Zeiss ( 1868-092 ) CP.2 T2,9 50mm Lens N/A
Zeiss ( 1868-092 ) CP.2 T2,9 85mm Lens N/A
Freefly ( 950-00078 ) MoVI Pro Handheld Bundle + Travel Case 181219
TV Logic ( VFM-055A ) 5.5″ OLED 1920×1080 Viewfinder 1 VF055AQ1989
TV Logic ( VFM-055A ) 5.5″ OLED 1920×1080 Viewfinder 2 VF055AQ2005
6 x Hawk-Woods ( VL-M98 ) 14.4V 98Wh mini V-Lok Lithium-Ion Battery N/A
Hawk-Woods ( VL-ATM4 ) ATOM 4-Ch (V-LOK) Fast Charger VA3999
Sachtler Video 25P Tripod N/A
Sachtler Video 18P Tripod N/A

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Fake ITV requests

Several companies have reported this afternoon that they are getting suspect calls to request equipment from someone using the name Craig Walker, purporting to be from ITV but using a generic gmx email account.
‘Craig’ has a PO which he is sending out which looks very much like ITV paperwork. He is trying to hire DSLR cameras and lenses which are obviously highly saleable.
Please be vigilant and verify hires from unknown contacts at major broadcasters. When this style of fraud has happened before the perpetrators have moved between BBC, ITV and C4 with ease.

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Bristol – theft from vehicle.

The kit was taken from a grey van on St Andrews Road, Montpelier, Bristol between 1230 – 1340 on 24/02/2021.

Incomplete list is as follows:
Canon MP-E 65mm S/N 144134
Canon 100mm F2.8L USM Macro S/N 6176051
Canon 16-35mm F2.8L II USM S/N 5874319
Canon 24-70mm F2.8 L II USM S/N 1780001048
Kessler Second Shooter Plus full kit S/N SSP001273, SSC002844
Canon 5D Mark III S/N 30802200091
Panasonic GH5 S/N WG7BA002829
Metabones EF-MFT Mount T Speed Booster XL S/N 3013008780
Stella Pro 10000c Light Kit S/N SN11214
Zoom H5n S/N 017071
DJI follow focus S/N 05T0011347 (controller) 05U0011522 (motor)
Hollyland Cosmo 400 wireless monitor link system S/N 6176051
Small HD Monitor S/N 702-0002119
Ronford Baker medium duty tripod S/N RF-10007
Oskar Heiler EB 150 fluid head
Please contact Under the Oak Films undertheoakfilms@gmail.com or phone 07530469324 if you find any of these items for sale.

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‘Sakaria Mohammed’ has struck again.

Someone using the (possibly false) name of  Sakaria Abdallah Mohammed hired a large quantity of equipment from John Fry.

IDs and proofs of address were provided but the kit has not been returned.

Please be on the lockout for any of the following items.

Sony PXW-FX9 body, serial number S014001115+
Tilta ES-T18-V FX9 cage & battery plate, SN ES-T18-V-200500209
Sony 28-135mm f4 zoom lens
Rode NTG2 mic
Camrade FX9 rain cover
4x Sony 64Gb XQD cards & reader
Chrosziel 450-R21 matte box kit
Sachtler carbon fibre tripod with FSB8 head
Sony VCT-14 camera plate
2 x Anton Bauer Titon 150wh batteries
2 x Anton Bauer Dionic XT 150wh batteries
PAG dual v-lock charger
Orca OR-12 camera case
Camera top light Z96
Portabrace HB10 Camera strap
Magic arm
Atomos Shogun Flame recorder
2 x 500Gb SSDs
1 x 1 Tb 2.5” SSD
Small flight case for Shogun
Nikon to E-mount lens adaptor
Canon to E-mount lens adaptor

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of either the kit of Mr Mohammed then please contact us here at Xhire.

 

Note:  It is possible that Mr Mohammed was the victim of identity theft, and that the documents used were either forged or stolen.   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.  There are other individuals with that name.  The image above was taken from the identity documents supplied by the hirer, and may or may not depict the person who rented the equipment.

Sakaria Abdallah Mohammed – theft by theft.

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Top Teks – items lost in transit.

TopTeks have had two Sony FX6’s go astray during shipping in the UK, serial numbers 4000356 or 4000368.

If someone offers them to you, you might want to drop the TopTeks sales team a line – sales@topteks.com.

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Sakaria Mohammed attempting to hire again.

We have been contacted by a London lighting company who had been approached by Sakaria Mohammed requesting to hire from them.

Mr Mohammed raised suspicions immediately with them because he did not appear to have any kind of understanding about what he was trying to hire. Then when he sent in a copy of his ID, it was, in their opinion, fake.

They then looked up his name and discovered via Xhire that he had stolen from another hire company.

Evidently he is still attempting to obtain goods and we would advise extreme caution in dealing with him.

Sakaria Abdallah Mohammed – theft by theft.

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House of Black – kit stolen.

A Procam client called House of Black had kit stolen from location in Camberwell/Brixton on the 31st October.

The cameraman went out for food, came back and the kit was missing.

If you are approached to buy either of the following, please contact Lauren Clifford at Procam.

Sony A7s mkii Camera  3777243
Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Lens (82mm)  3445003087

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No Drama – kit lost through car theft.

One of No Drama’s clients has had kit stolen from their car in London.

If you are offered any of the following, please call No Drama on 0161 877 4363 and ask for James.

Preston LCS kit in Peli case:

1 x Preston HU3 SN 1487

1 x Preston MDR3 SN 1308

1 x Lightranger 2-w SN LR2W-1068

1 x Preston FI handset SN 2022

1 Preston DM1X Motor SN4537

1 Preston Radio microforce SB 1113

 

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Sakaria Abdallah Mohammed – theft by theft.

Mohaammed Abdallah Sakaria

 

 

Someone using the (possibly false) name of  Sakaria Abdallah Mohammed hired a large quantity of equipment from Darryl Wood in August 2019 and failed to return it.

He claimed that he himself had been robbed.

We are led to believe that the camera was sold way below its value to an individual who goes by the name B-Dot.

If you come across any of the following items or can assist in identifying any of these individuals, please contact Darryl at

smirror at internode dot on dot net or email us here at Xhire.

Note:  It is possible that Mr Mohammed was the victim of identity theft, and that the documents used were either forged or stolen.   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.  There are other individuals with that name.  The image above was taken from the identity documents supplied by the hirer, and may or may not depict the person who rented the equipment.


Red Weapon Camera Brain sn 708

  • PL Mount
  • Top handle
  • EVF Viewfinder
  • Wooden Camera View Finder arm
  • 7” Touch Screen
  • 2x 19mm rods 18” long
  • 2x 19mm top rods 8” carbon fibre
  • Quick Release Base plate
  • Sliding dovetail plate 12”
  • Gold Mount power back
  • 2 x Red Cards 512gb
  • 1 x Red Cards 1tb
  • Card reader
  • CablesArri MB19 Matte box
  • 95mm adaptor plate/ring
  • Top Flag
  • Swing Away Arm

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Arri FF Follow Focus

  • 2 marking discs
  • Crank
  • Right side knob
  • Whip

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Ultra prime lenses

  • 16mm sn 8945457
  • 24mm sn 8945185
  • 32mm sn 895730
  • 50mm sn 8945086
  • 85mm sn 8945807Filters 4” x 5.65”1 x IR/ND Platinum 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, 1.2Power

    Batteries

  • 1 x 4 Channel chargers
  • 4 x 12v Gold Mount batteries
  • 1 x power cableSachtler 80
  • Snap Plate
  • Pan Handles (2)Tripod Tall,
  • Spreader
  • Case Tripod Small
  • Spreader
  • Case Hi-Hat

 

 

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Leeds School of Arts – theft from car.

Leeds School of Arts had the following equipment stolen from the back of a car in the early hours of Tuesday 3rd March in the Headingly area of Leeds.

The rear window was smashed to access the equipment.

Arri Alexa SXT EV Camera
ARRI
50729
K1.0006178-4863
£54,619.99
IN PETROL BAG

Teradek Bolt 500 XT Transmitter
Teradek
51098
0193604735
£2,514
IN PETROL BAG

Sigma Lens 50-100mm
Sigma
50862
52907781
IN BLACK PELICASE

Sigma Lens 18-35mm

Sigma
50862
52619059
£6,790 (together with above)
IN BLACK PELICASE

Xeens Prime Lens kit

Rokinon
50644
XK1PL00012
£8,698
IN BLACK XEEN CASE
Dell Ultra Sharp 21/9 Monitor
Dell
not owned by the University
not known
£598.80
IN PETROL BAG

Vocas Matte Box MB-436
Vocas
50726
no s/n
£1105.26
IN PETROL BAG

Petrol Camera Bag
Petrol Bags
no s/n
£252.96

Black Pelicase 1520
Pelicase
no s/n
£176.36

Xeen Black Case
Rokinon
no s/n
£188.05

Nucleus Motor TILTAnot owned by the University M0200128580
£322.99 IN PETROL BAG
Ronford Baker Handgrips Ronford Baker 51145 no s/n £462.84 IN PETROL BAG

Total £75,728.26

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Subsequent fraudulent hire attempt at Pro Centre

Only a few weeks after the previous fraudulent hire, thieves have once again targeted ProCentre on Friday 28th June.

 

Pro Centre took a call from  ‘Nick at ‘Prolighting’ late on Friday urgently needing

2x 5D (didn’t specify the mark) and

2x Canon 50mm, which they changed to 85mm mid conversation.

 

This sounded suspicious so they called Prolighting – who do have a Nick, but Nick was away on that day. The PO number that was offered for the booking was a nonsense number.

The police were called and a taxi from a legitimate taxi company arrived supposedly to collect the goods – the delivery was supposed to go to 41 Mare street  which is a previous  Prolighting address.

The telephone number used for the booking was 07746 168 798.

If you have any information that may be useful, please contact Rob at Pro Centre on 020 7729 8822

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Pro Centre

On Monday 10th June. 2019 at 1430 Pro Centre received a visit from a well prepared and knowledgeable thief who made off with over £10,000 of kit.

The thieves used another company’s details – Gripvan (who are not at all involved).

1)      On Friday they called ahead and identified themselves as Joe from Gripvan and in a self-assured  manner booked 2x 1DX mkII, 2x 70-200mm, 2x 50mm 1.2 –  offering a current GripVan PO number as confirmation.

2)      On Monday a driver arrived in a what we now know to be an older and since replaced style of Gripvan T-Shirt quoting the job number, presenting a PDA with collection information detailing the kit and GripVan’s address and then patiently waited for the kit be brought out. He was calm, collected and did nothing to arouse suspicion.

3)      He then left on foot,  CCTV loses them about 30 meters from the front door.

The items stolen were:

Canon 1DX MKII – #063012000498

Canon 1DX MKII – #1530160000095

Canon 70-200 MKIII – #6800003218

Canon 70-200 MIII – #6700002288

Canon 50mm 1.2 – #9730590

Canon 50mm 1.2 – #4362534

 

Below are images of the person who collected.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these items or the person who collected, please contact Rob at Pro Centre on rob@procentre.co.uk

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S Rizvi

A person identifying himself (probably falsely) as S Rizvi  failed to return equipment to Run TV and has been contacting other facilities houses, attempting to hire the same kit of 5D Cameras and EF lenses.

We would advise anybody who is contacted by Mr Rizvi to contact Frances at Run TV on 0207 636 0006

Important note:  It is entirely possible that ‘S Rizvi’ is a pseudonym, or that the real Mr Rizvi 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.  There are other individuals with that name, but this has NOTHING WHATEVER TO DO WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN THE PERSON PICTURED HERE.

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Run TV – Fraudulent hire

Run TV have been hit by two successive fraudulent hires and believe the perpetrators have likely conspired with each other as they were a day apart and both followed the same format. The hires occurred on the 4th and 5th of June and all subsequent attempts to reach the hirers on the numbers they gave have failed.

items taken were:

 

  • 2x Canon 5D MKIII Camera Bodies 333022001443/ 063024027528
  • 1x Canon 16-35mm Lens 5492651
  • 1x Canon 24-70mm Lens 1780001390
  • 1x Canon 24-105mm Lens 5413014175
  • 1x Canon 50 1.2mm Lens 7023536
  • 1x Canon 50 1.4mm Lens 62183209
  • 1x Canon 85mm Lens 271918

The perpetrators were using the following names and provided passports.

Suhail Riszvi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hussein Omar Moalim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of this equipment or the individuals featured here, please contact Frances at Run TV on 0207 636 0006

 

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Theft of a Teradeck Bolt Pro 3000

Freelance 1St AC Tristan Haley has had a Teradeck stolen.

The item was a brand new and boxed Teradeck Bolt Pro 3000 XT deluxe kit with array panel and v-lock pass through plates.

Serial numbers are:

0199600931 TX

0199701493 RX1

0199701492 RX2

If you have any information regarding this item, please contact James at No Drama on 0161 877 4363 who can put you in touch with Tristan.

 

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VMI Burglary

VMI had a ‘Mission Impossible’ – style break in over the weekend by burglars making their way over the railway lines and subsequently entering their building through the roof.  Happily, the systems activated the alarm and the police and the loss was relatively small and many big expensive cameras and lenses were not stolen.

This is not yet a comprehensive list but please be aware in case you are offered any of these for sale.  It is highly likely that some DSLR lenses were also stolen but this is not yet confirmed.

QuantityBrandDescriptionSerial NumberBarcode
1Canon35mm L-USM 35mm F1.4 Prime Lens187842OSCD004
1Peli1300 Peli Case with custom insert
1Canon50mm L-USM Prime F1.25537796OSCG003
1Peli1300 Peli Case with custom insert
1Canon100mm EOS IS-USM Prime Lens5448950OSCH004
1Peli1300 Peli case with custom insert
1Canon24-70mm L-USM Zoom Lens F2.89716444OSC2002
1Peli1400 Peli Case with Custom foam Insert
1Canon14mm CN-E Prime Lens92811379281137
1LemsfordCustom Flight Case for 14mm CNE
1Angenieux45-120mm Optimo Zoom Lens2066156OFA5002
1ARRIAlura 15.5-45mm Zoom Lens6380218OFAC001
1CanonXF705 Camcorder & accessories493819000041CHCG004
1SachtlerDR4 Semi Rigid Padded Bag1
1CanonWA-H58 Wide Angle Adaptor for XF705
1SonyPMW-100 Camcorder & accessories420431CHX8001
1SonyPMW-100 Camcorder & accessories420449CHX8002
1SonyPMW-100 Camcorder & accessories420434CHX8003
3SachtlerDR3 Camcorder Bag
1SonyPMW-200 Camcorder & Accessories400672CHX7003
1SonyPMW-200 Camcorder & Accessories430842CHX7006
1SonyPMW-200 Camcorder & Accessories430877CHX7007
1SonyPMW-200 Camcorder & Accessories430760CHX7009
4SonySoft Carry Bag
1SonyFS-5 MkII Camcorder & Accessories4001116CHS5001
1SonyFS-5 MkII Camcorder & Accessories4003099CHS5002
2SachtlerFS-5 MkII Camcorder & Accessories
1DJIOsmo X3 Gimbal System & accessories06DCL15031705VMIA8198
1DJIOsmo X3 Gimbal System & accessoriesVMIC0781
2SamsungOsmo X3 Gimbal System & accessories
2Peli1550 Case for Osmo & Accessories
1DJi1550 Case for Osmo & Accessories09RDDK08000852VMIA6622
1SamsungGalaxy Phone (Android for Osmo Remote)
1Peli1550 Case for Osmo & Accessories

If you have any information regarding these items, please contact Keith Cawkwell at SCISCO global solutions on keith.cawkwell@scicogs.com quoting crime reference 2514902/19

 

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DV Camera Hire – robbery October 2018

The following items belonging to DV Camera Hire were stolen from Black Island Studios on the 19th October 2018.

1 Sony PXW-FS7 mk1 Sony PXW-FS7 4K S0100307130
1 70-200mm Canon 2.8 70-200mm 2.8 L series #341794
1 14mm Samyang T2 Cine Lenses #0698 D11312310
1 85mm Samyang lens Samyang #2019 D44933814
1 20-35mm Canon 2.8 L series #0635 2361772
1 24-105mm lens F4 L series #0690 5156884
1 Sigma 105mm Sigma 2.8 Macro #11398213
1 Blackmagic 4k video assist BM Video 4k assist #3287630

 

 

If you have any information regarding their whereabouts please contact Jason on 0207 430 1811

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Sweet TV broken into

Sweet TV were burgled on the night of the 11th/12th February 2019.

Equipment was stolen including a ProSup Tango roller – SN 350-32317.

More information will be posted here if it is made available to us but if you come across this item, please call Joe at Sweet TV.

 

 

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Items stolen on location – Procam

Procam have had the following items stolen while on hire.

Canon Cine CN-E18-80mm T4.4 (EF) -SN  94010353

Canon Cine CN-E18-80mm T4.4 (EF) -SN   94010868

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L MKII USM Lens -SN  6710001218

Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III USM Lens -SN  4810001662

Canon TS-E45mm F/2.8 Lens -SN  26002

Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Lens -SN  4455001407

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM Lens -SN  5413013809

Canon 8-15mm F/4L Fisheye USM -SN  8421003921

Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Lens -SN  9710001979

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM Lens -SN  4803008921

Metabones E – EF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.7 -SN  1012004876

Metabones E – EF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.7 -SN  1012022183

Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II USM Lens -SN  4420000089

 

If you have any information with regards to their whereabouts, please contact Don Grant at Procam on. 020 7622 9888 or email via www.procam.tv

 

 

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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

15240

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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Emmanuel Oladipo Olamide Sonowo

snapshot-2The gentleman above, using several variations on the above name was arrested on the 1st November in relation to a spate of fraudulent hires.

Mr Sonowo seems to have been keen on the theft by theft method, whereby he claims the equipment has been stolen on its way back to the hire company.

Mr Sonowo was born in 1989 and is from the London area.

Mr Sonowo also seems to claim a working relationship with a gentleman  using the name of Sinclair Malcolm.  (Possibly a pseudonym).  ‘Mr Malcolm’ was used as a referee for Mr Sonowo.

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Emmanuel Sonowo

If either of these two gents applies to hire from you, we would advise you proceed with caution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Burglary – Genesis Broadcast Services in Cologne

The following items were stolen from Genesis Broadcast Services in Cologne in Sunday 28th August.

1 x Canon J33x11            Serial number: 10053

1 x Canon HJ14x4,3         Serial number: 1617692

1 x Canon HJ40x10          Serial number: 10009

 

Three young men broke a window at 08.04 at the rear of the warehouse.

While the alarm was sounding, the thrived looked in many cases – they were clearly looking for specific ENG lenses. They were in and out within 4 minutes. They left in a black BMW with a yellow plate, as featured below.

If you have any information regarding these items or this crime, please contact info@genesis-bs.de

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Stolen items – Telline Paris

Rental company Telline in Paris have been the victims of theft of the following items.

ALEXA PLUS N° 31779 + ACCESSOIRES(viseur etc..)
OPTIQUE ZEISS M ASTER PRIME 18MM N°8935695
OPTIQUE ZEISS M ASTER PRIME 25MM N°8949024
OPTIQUE ZEISS M ASTER PRIME 35MM N° 8966290
OPTIQUE ZEISS M ASTER PRIME 50MM N° 8966301
OPTIQUE ZEISS M ASTER PRIME 75MM N° 9843739
OPTIQUE ZEISS MASTER PRIME 100MM N° 8936339
OPTIQUE ZEISS MASTER PRIME 14MM N°8937875
OPTIQUE ZEISS MASTER PRIME 150MM N° 8938754
ZOOM OPTIMO 24/290 N° 2053671
ZOOM OPTIMO 28/340 N° 2075935

If you have any information regarding nay of these items, please contact Christophe at christophe@telline.fr

 

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Fake BBC hirer alert!

A hire company have been approached by a gentleman using the name David Jones, allegedly of BBC Studioworks. He quoted a genuine BBC contact number but when the number was called to check, they had nobody there by that name.

The email address he used was not a legitimate BBC address but a generic free email account with BBC before the @ sign rather than after and he was attempting to order the equipment in a rush for immediate delivery.

This name – David Jones has been used before in 2012 to obtain goods under the guise of being BBC staff and other broadcasters were also impersonated around this time.

Please put your hire desks on alert, to ensure that any requests from major broadcasters, from unfamiliar contacts, are checked out thoroughly before any kit is delivered to them.

 

 

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International Film & Moving Image (London) – Fraud

On May 12th, a large amount of kit was fraudulently hired by people claiming to be from International Film & Moving Image (London).
Names given were James Ashbey & Jane Firenze.
The references they gave (Media HQ & Lighting Hire LTD) turned out to be false.
Kit was collected by an individual who used the name Billy Mansell – using a passport as ID.  A small extract from that is below, featuring a photograph of him.
bmpassport

 

Items taken were:

Arri Master Anamorphics:

50mm SN 8953389

75mm SN 8953513

35mm SN 8953823

100mm SN 8953824

Other Lenses

Optimo DP 30-80 Lens SN 2061222

Arri Alura 45-250 Lens SN 6360383

Camera Equipment

Arri Alexa Plus 4:3 Camera SN 1188

ALEXA EVF-1 Viewfinder SN 5082

Hawkweed XB chargers SN VX-5225, VX-5227, VX 5375

Hawkwood Floor Batteries SN VC-5382, VX-5385

4 Way IDX Charger SN K2-07198

Sony SXS Card Reader SN 11553

Hawkwood Floor Battery  SN 29 – 1695

TV Logic VFM-056WP Monitor SN 2660

DV-970 Charger  SN DV3940

Arri FF-4 Studio Follow Focus  SN 5464

Ronford Baker Spreaders  SN 111377, 117250

Ronford  Baker Short Legs – MoyFitting SN 6010241

Ronford Baker Tall Legs – Moy Fitting SN 6011618

O’Connor 2575B FLUID HEAD SN C1234-110740

 

If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact Yosh Kominsky on 0207 625 9829 or email at contact@feralequipment.com

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Procam – Fraud by ‘Robert Jones’

Procam London have been the victims of  a fraud involving somebody pretending to work for one of their clients.

A spoofed insurance document was also provided.

The gentlemen used the name Robert Jones and the email address of handsworthmagic@icloud.com

Items stolen consisted of:

· 1 x Sony PXW-X500 XDCAM Body and Hawk-woods Power SN 40328 V/F 1203249
· 1 x Sony PMW-500 XDCAM Body and Hawk-woods Power SN 61053 V/F 1403188
· 1 x HJ17 Standard Lens SN 01313789
· 1 x HJ11 W/A Lens SN  710419
· 1 x Kite Matte Box
· 1 x Std Filter Kit
· 1 x Sony 7” OLED monitor SN 3001161
· 1 x Sachtler 18p tripod  SN 18P13558
· 2 x Litepanels LED with lighting accessories SN 1031301444 & 14560

 

If you have any information regarding this theft,, please contact Donovan Grant on 020 7622 9888

“Mr Jones’ is the gentlemen in this photo.

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International Film and Moving Image (London) Ltd

Performance insurance have alerted us that the following company details are being used to commit fraud.

International Film and Moving Image (London) Ltd, The Fyzz Facility and Film Two Limited.

These appear to be once legitimate entities who details have been used without permission.

Fyzz Facility have spoofed insurance documents.

Please let us know if you are approached by any of these companies.

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Media HQ Ltd

Shift 4 have been approached for a hire by a company calling themselves Media HQ Ltd.

Although there appears to be a legitimate but dormant company with similar details, this appears to be an attempt at fraud using those details without permission.

The company and its references all have websites set up on the 9th and 10th May 2016 – just a couple of days before the request to hire.

If you are approached by The Media HQ Ltd, Lighting for hire Ltd or Lighting Hire Uk Ltd then please proceed with caution.

 

The domains and the company names being used are as follows:

Domain Name: themediahq.com

Registry Domain ID: 2026894242_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.1and1.com

Registrar URL: http://1and1.com

Updated Date: 2016-05-09T10:31:10.000Z

Creation Date: 2016-05-09T10:31:05.000Z

Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-05-09T10:31:05.000Z

 

Domain Name: LIGHTINGFORHIRE.COM

Registrar: 1&1 INTERNET SE

Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 83

Whois Server: whois.1and1.com

Referral URL: http://registrar.1and1.info

Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited

Updated Date: 09-may-2016

Creation Date: 09-may-2016

Expiration Date: 09-may-2017

 

Domain Name: lightinghireukltd.com

Registry Domain ID: 2027151645_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.networksolutions.com

Registrar URL: http://www.networksolutions.com/en_US/

Updated Date: 2016-05-10T13:12:27Z

Creation Date: 2016-05-10T13:12:32Z

Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-05-10T13:12:32Z

 

 

Domain Name: themediahqlimited.com

Registry Domain ID: 2027154301_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.networksolutions.com

Registrar URL: http://www.networksolutions.com/en_US/

Updated Date: 2016-05-10T13:43:40Z

Creation Date: 2016-05-10T13:43:46Z

Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-05-10T13:43:46Z

 

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Red Epic Stolen from train.

On Sunday 15th May list of kit of DFTV equipment below, belonging to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, was stolen from a train travelling from Stevenson to Glasgow central after a shoot.

Red Epic mysterium x camera – SN 011570

Red prime 85mm PL lens – SN P10850552

3 x 64gb ssd cards

Red 5.0 Monitor with small and large LCD cables

V lock battery mount and cable

Top handle

DSMC Quick Release Platform Pack

Element technica 18inch 19mm rails

If you have any information about them, please contact Paul Mitchell at the RCS on 0141 270 8375

 

 

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ProLighting Burglary

ProLighting suffered a burglary at their Bayford street office in February.

The following lenses were stolen:
Nikon D810 : SN 2020715
Nikon D810 : SN 8904720
Nikon D810 : SN 8904561
Nikon D3x : SN 5031206
Canon 100mm Macro : SN 3139254

If you are offered any of these items, please contact Franco Barrovecchio on 020 8510 3640 or email office@prolightinglondon.com

 

 

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Thefts at BSC Show.

Arri have had a lens stolen from an exhibition stand at BVE.

ARRI Alura Zoom lens 30-80/T2.8
Serial no: 6370205
Stolen 29th January 2016
Venue: Battersea Evolution
Event: BSC Expo
Approx. time of theft: 17.45 – 18.00

If you have any information on this item please contact Siobhan Daly on (0) 1895 457000

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At the same show but on the first day, Movietech had a 512Gig Red Mini Mag stolen from their stand – serial number is 75013024B8CA.

If you have any information on this item please contact David Palmer on 01753 650007

 

 

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Fraudulent Hire – Reel Nice

The production company Reel Nice have been victims of a fraudulent hire.

The goods were hired by a man using the name Oliver Woodbridge – although this is believed to be false.

 

 

The goods hired and not returned are as follows:

 

Piece Serial Number
Canon C300 EF Mount 533470700155
Canon 16-35mm f2.8 9710414
Canon 24-70mm f2.8 213407311
Canon 50mm f1.4 52107930
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 Old model.

 

There was also a boom mic.

The goods were in a  fairly distinctive Crumpler Sinking Barge camera bag – like this one.

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If you have any information regarding the location of any of these items or the identity of ‘Mr Woodbridge’, please contact Will Francome on 07738015981 or will@reelnice.co.uk .

 

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Fraudulent hire – Calumet –

Calumet have had a Canon 1DC stolen.

The hirer’s ID checked out as valid, a deposit was left.

The delivery did not take place in quite the agreed manner, so proof of access to the client’s address has not been confirmed.

The stolen item is:

Canon 1DC Serial; 083012000049 in a Peli style case and our distinive red/black custom foam insert with Sandisk 64GB card.

The hirer  had a Portuguese national ID card.  It is not known if the identity documents are genuine.

If contacted by anyone using the name or documents shown here, please  contact us,  or Simon Browitt at Calumet.

 

 

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Shoot HD and One Stop Films

Two companies, Shoot HD and One Stop FIlms have been the victims of the same fraudulent hirer.

We have been requested to remove the full details of the theft by the City of London Police, but the stolen kit list has been posted in case any of it turns up somewhere.

If you have any information regarding any of these people or this theft, please contact Paul Hellard at Shoot HD on (0)1753 651440.

The stolen equipment from Shoot HD is listed below.

Flight case:
ARRI AMIRA #2 (Premium) 1 ARRI AMIRA Camera body, handle 15197
1 ARRI MVF-1 Viewfinder 1155
1 Hawk-Woods VL-CFA2 V-lock battery adapter
1 ARRI PL LDS lens mount
1 ARRI WPA-1 Wedge plate adapter for 15mm with shoulder pad
1 SanDisk 8GB memory stick
1 Canon Microphone mount with White Noise bracket
1 Panasonic Stereo microphone with foam gag
2 Viewfinder cable (mini HDMI)
1 ARRI KC50-S AMIRA battery cable
1 Sandisk Extreme Pro Cfast 2.0 card 120GB, with case 141501300007
1 Sandisk Extreme Pro Cfast 2.0 card 120GB, with case 141501300052
1 Sandisk Extreme Pro Cfast 2.0 card 120GB, with case 141501300102
1 Sandisk Extreme Pro Cfast 2.0 card reader (USB3), with USB cable
1 ARRI Dovetail plate
2 19mm bar (440mm)
2 19mm bar (200mm)
2 15mm bar (240mm)
1 Ronford-Baker Moose bars
1 ARRI Digi-Cine Sony to 19mm bridge adaptor plate
Peli case:
IDX Battery Kit #1 1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E463212
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E463494
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E463495
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E463496
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E464104
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery F471230
1 IDX VL-4S Simultaneous 4-channel charger K2-04551
1 IEC mains lead
O’Connor 2575D Heavy Duty Head 1 O’Connor 2575D Heavy duty fluid head with Moy fitting C1234-800117
1 O’Connor Moy tie-down nut
1 O’Connor 150mm bowl adaptor
1 O’Connor 150mm bowl tie-down nut
1 O’Connor Euro-plate with quick release wedge (2x screws)
1 O’Connor 2-stage adjustable pan bar
ARRI Ultra Prime Lenses 1 ARRI Ultra Prime 16 T1.9/16mm lens with front and rear caps 8942134
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 24 T1.9/24mm lens with front and rear caps 8941749
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 32 T1.9/32mm lens with front and rear caps 8941743
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 50 T1.9/50mm lens with front and rear caps 8941440
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 85 T1.9/85mm lens with front and rear caps 8941335
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 135 T1.9/135mm lens with front and rear caps 8937071
ARRI LMB-5 Lightweight Matte Box #1 1 ARRI LMB-5 Lightweight two stage matte box
2 ARRI Filter frames 4×5.650
1 ARRI Light shield
4 ARRI Clamp adaptors (80, 95, 110, 114mm)
Ronford-Baker Short Legs #1 1 Ronford-Baker Heavy duty short legs
1 Ronford-Baker Adjustable ground spreader
3 Ronford-Baker Rubber ground spike caps
1 Ronford-Baker Heavy duty Tall legs
1 Ronford-Baker Adjustable ground spreader
3 Ronford-Baker Rubber ground spike caps
Optimo 24-290mm 1 Angeniuex 12x 24-290mm PL Zoom lense with front and back caps, flight case & zoom bar 1588791
2 19mm Long bars
1 LS9 Lens support bracket. 2 parts
1 Bridge plate

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Film Street Productions

There has been a fraudulent attempt to hire by somebody using the name of Salvatore Sparace of Film Street Productions.

Mr Sparace is a real person, whose identity and company name has been hijacked.

One company was contacted for Master Primes, on the understanding that there was a hire placed elsewhere for an Alexa.

On checking up on the Alexa hire, it turned out to  be imaginary.

Subsequent to this, checks on the insurance provided, also revealed it to be fraudulent.

The domain in use was only registered on the 2nd October – just days before the attempted hire.

Mr Sparace has ben contacted via a company he is genuinely involved with, to alert him to the fact that his name is being used and is reporting the matter to the authorities.

He is no longer living at the address being used, which has been sold and is now a rental property.

Should you be contacted by anybody from Film Street Productions, please proceed with caution and report it to Xhire.

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Vehicle Security

There is apparently an issue regarding common types of van, which makes them susceptible to theft.

Considering the value of the kit that companies like us carry, this is worth being aware of.

Thieves can access the vehicle’s computer system via a laptop – this is done via the port in the cab of the van which garages use to run the diagnostics.

With the correct software, thieves can programme a new key for the van with relative ease, then just drive the vehicles away.

It would appear that Mercedes and Ford vans are allegedly, particularly vulnerable to this method.

The thieves follow a vehicle to where it parks up, use a signal jammer to block the fob from reaching the vehicle when the driver tries to lock it, then return later on to steal the vehicle.

The key thing is making sure the vehicle is actually locked – when remote locking systems are used, the vehicle responds with a flash of the lights and / or a little chirrup from the horn.

If a signal jammer is in use, the vehicle won’t respond.

We’ve already seen raids on vehicles from thieves on mopeds, so we know they’re roaming round city centres looking for our vehicles.

It is therefore, worth making sure that crews understand that there is a risk of this happening, to ensure they check that vehicles  really are properly locked.

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Leica Summilux-C Lens Set Stolen from Focus Optics on May 6, 2014

Theft in the USA

BURBANK, CA – MAY 6, 2014 – Focus Optics, a local lens design, repair, and modification shop, was the victim of an overnight robbery at their Burbank office. The thieves managed to steal a set of highly valued Leica Summilux-C lenses, and while the Burbank Police Department is investigating, your help is also urgently needed to help track them down.

The list below includes serial numbers for each stolen lens in the set.  Please help Focus Optics circulate the list, and urge everyone you can to be on the lookout for these lenses.

Lens Description                      Serial #


18mm Leica Summilux-C    CW-0001858


21mm Leica Summilux-C    CW-0001545


25mm Leica Summilux-C    CW-0001557


35mm Leica Summilux-C    CW-0001924


40mm Leica Summilux-C    CW-0001936


50mm Leica Summilux-C    CW-0001893


75mm Leica Summilux-C    CW-0001742


100mm Leica Summilux-C   CW-0002046


Your assistance is greatly appreciated.  Please contact Focus Optics ASAP if you have any information at (818) 567-1007, or by email at stuart@focusoptics.com .

About Focus Optics
For over 20 years, Focus Optics has been in the business of repairing professional film and video lenses.  Founder, Stuart Rabin, started out as a tool and die maker engineer. He has worked for Panavision and Clairmont Camera as a lens repair technician before founding Focus Optics in 1990.

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New Day Pictures Robbery

Theft from New Day Pictures, Sunday night at ten pm approx.

 

Sony NEX-FS700 (Ser. 212191) Camera – with  Sony 18-200mm kit lens
Sony NEX-FS700 (Ser. 210663) Camera – with  Sony 18-200mm kit lens
Sony NEX-FS700 (Ser. 211070) Camera – with  Sony 18-200mm kit lens

Sony PMW-100 (Ser. 400158) Camera
Sony PMW-100 (Ser. 400002) Camera

Sony PMW-200 (Ser. 400479) Camera

Sony PMW-EX3 (Ser. 400588) Camera
More information and possibly images will be added to this post in due course.

Should you have any information regarding these items or this theft please call New Day Pcitures on 020 8549 9966

 

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Stay Gold Ltd

Extreme Rigging have reported this company to us for non return of goods hired, non payment of bills to themselves and others and trading under a multiple of similar IDs and phoenixing the companies to avoid debt liabilities.

04549209 STAY GOLD LIMITED Dissolved
08646565  STAY GOLD LTD.
07234228  STAYGOLD PRODUCTIONS LIMITED Dissolved
07101005 STAY GOLD STUDIOS LTD.

http://staygoldstudios.com/contact
Address in Shoreditch:
5 Calvert Ave. Shoreditch, London – E2 7JP

They have been reported as not having paid any suppliers for several months. Known debts according to Extreme are Rigging 6 k, Stunts  6k, SFX  5 k and an unknown amount of unpaid crew.

Equipment hired from Extreme Rigging which has not been returned is as follows:

500kg of 12.5 kg stage weight various castings main colour black abandoned by stay gold  at Shepperton studios. (Replacement cost nearly 3000 k plus shipping and vat.)
All bar coded with extreme rigging stickers and or blue paint from C and D rigging.

2 x specialist stunt jerk vests from company called Amspec replacement value £ 2567 plus shipping and import duty from the USA again with bar code and label from extreme rigging
Serial ERJVML0011 and ERJVMM0008

Police have been notified as have the Pinewood Studios group.

Please proceed with caution if asked for credit and make sure you know which of their various entities you are supposedly dealing with.

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Calumet Robbery

More details available shortly but here is the list of goods stolen.

If you are offered any of the items listed below for sale or have any information about the theft, contact your local Police or email us .  There is a reward for the return of these items or information leading to the conviction of anyone involved in the theft of the equipment listed on this page.

 

DESC S/N
HASS H – LI-ION CHARGER LI-ION/CHGR//03
HASSELBLAD HC 120MM F/4 MACRO 7ESR15062
HASSELBLAD HC 120MM F/4 MACRO 7ESU13359
HASSELBLAD HC 150MM F/3.2 7FSC12705
HASSELBLAD HC 210MM F/4 7HSC11233
NIKON AF-S 85MM F/1.4G

212528

NIKON AF-S 85MM F/1.4G

212542

NIKON AF-S 85MM F/1.4G

231869

NIKON AF-S 14-24MM F/2.8G ED

259632

NIKON AF-S 24-70MM F/2.8G ED

236455

NIKON AF-S 24-70MM F/2.8G ED

546608

CANON EF 8-15MM F/4L FISHEYE

55

CANON EF 8-15MM F/4L FISHEYE

8421003740

CANON EF 28MM F/1.8 USM

37600069

CANON EF 100MM F/2.8L MACRO IS

1699644

CANON EF 200MM F/2.8L II USM

127181

CANON EF 16-35MM F/2.8L II USM

3256395

CANON EF 16-35MM F/2.8L II USM

3500774

CANON EF 16-35MM F/2.8L II USM

3962262

CANON EF 24-105MM F/4L IS USM

4027151

CANON EF 24-105MM F/4L IS USM

635658

CANON EF 24-105MM F/4L IS USM

636180

CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8L II USM

9100001713

CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8L II USM

9200000279

CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8L II USM

9200004254

CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8L II USM

9400006608

CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8L II USM

9400009507

CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8L II USM

9615012089

CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8L II USM

9615013182

CANON EF 70-300MM F/4-5.6L IS

8240004571

CANON EF 70-300MM F/4-5.6L IS

8240004573

ZEISS 21MM F/2.8 ZF.2

15807602

ZEISS 21MM F/2.8 ZF.2

15807615

ZEISS 21MM F/2.8 ZF.2

15807667

ZEISS 25MM F/2.8 MACRO ZF.2

15848201

ZEISS 28MM F/2 ZF.2

15812244

ZEISS 28MM F/2 ZF.2

15812274

ZEISS 35MM F/2 ZF.2

15782173

ZEISS 35MM F/2 ZF.2

15782489

ZEISS 35MM F/2 ZF.2

15782715

ZEISS 50MM F/1.4 ZF.2

15775099

ZEISS 50MM F/1.4 ZF.2

15775100

ZEISS 50MM F/1.4 ZF.2

15775144

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Alex Levi of Solutions4u

Blue Tuna were contacted on the 21st March by somebody using the name Alex Levi of Solutions4u.

The website seemed unprofessional, the style of language seemed to be similar to somebody using the name of  Maurice Duchamp who had tried to hire from Video Europe the day before and it would appear that they have been trying to place the same hire at several different companies.

If you are approached in a similar way again, if possible please obtain a phone number. (Land line is best).  We can then cross reference the phone number if the fraudster attempts to use different identities. (It’s harder to have large numbers of land line numbers, although not impossible.)

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We do not know if the person concerned was using his real name, or impersonating someone else called Alex Levi.

This attempt to rent equipment may be perfectly legitimate, but we recommend that, if approached by anyone using that name, you make extensive enquiries and act with extreme caution before releasing any kit.

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Maurice Duchamp

Video Europe had a protracted debate on the 2oth March with someone using the name Maurice Duchamp, who looks likely to be a potential fraudster.

Mr Duchamp asked for an enormous variety of lenses, not all of which matched his camera requirements.

When pressed for references Mr Duchamp became aggressive and rude.

There was no identifiable online history for Mr Duchamp and his email address ended with @journalist.com which is a free gmx mail.com account.

Please be wary of this individual.

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Update: 26 March 2014

A freelance cameraman has contacted the site regarding an advert somebody by the name of Maurice Duchamp has placed here:  http://www.filmandtvpro.com/uk/job_view.php?uid=217347&

Be warned: Another freelance cameraman responded to an advert similar to this and had £12000 of kit stolen. Fraudsters rely on the fact that individuals lack the resources to make adequate checks.

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Moped drive-by thefts.

There have been two recent incidents of this with xhire members – but according to the BBC there have been a spate of them recently.

This from BBC Investigations:

“Several thefts, over the last twelve months,  have been reported to the British Broadcasting Corporation Investigation Service (BBCIS), involving pairs on motorcycles / scooters, stealing camera equipment, either from the back of vehicles, or on the street. In all cases the BBCIS has reported the incident to Police and where possible have released CCTV footage.

I have been informed by the Metropolitan Police that this type of crime is rife across the city, involving several different teams. The police are experiencing considerable difficulty in addressing the problem as the suspect’s  features are  always obscured with full facial helmets and the bikes are invariably displaying false, or doctored registration plates. It has been intimated that the only way the  Police are likely to make an impact on this type of crime, is through intelligence from informants.

The only effective action the BBCIS can take at this time is to alert production crews out on the street, of the MO and to ask that they remain vigilant to the threat.

The officer collating these crimes in London is DC Nick Howard, of the Serious Acquisitive Crime Departmentt on 0207 321 6744.”

Video Europe lost two cameras on Friday the 7th March at the BBC and Cruet were targetted outside a production company by the same method from which these photos originate.

The driver from Cruet reports that the moped appears to have followed him around the corner into a street which is effectively a dead end.

As he pulled up, the passenger from the moped had dismounted and was opening the boot of the vehicle. He grabbed two bags from the van and jumped back onto the moped and they then rode away.

Both people on the moped were wearing black helmets and the moped was a black Paiggio Vespa with dark red seat pad and appears to be registered in Maidstone in Kent.

The likelihood is that the moped is stolen and another will be used next time – however, the driver’s clothing is more likely to be a constant feature since motorcycle gear is expensive.

The helmets appear to have tinted visors and the front rider has an expensive Rukka jacket – a relatively unusual Finnish brand with a distinctive ‘R’ on the back of the jacket and Rukka’s trademark bands on the sleeves.
The driver appears to be a little portly.

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by | 13/03/2014 · 12:57 pm

Attempted break in at Video Europe Soho

Overnight a BMW X5 was used to ram raid the shutter door of V.E.’s Soho office.

They were however, unsuccessful in gaining access.

This event comes after a robbery from the back of their van on Friday 7th March outside the BBC.

The driver was sat outside the BBC when he heard the van door open, he jumped out to see 2 men making off with a C300 and PDW800, on a moped.

Serial numbers will be confirmed soon.

 

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Kit Stolen – DV Talent – break in Sunday 23/02/2014

Canon XF305 – 263100000132

Canon XF305 – 263100000060

Canon XF305 – 263100000100

ME66 – 119146

ME66 – 110490

17’’ MacBook Pro – W894116E8YA

If you have any info please contact Rosemary Hill

T: 0207 267 2300

Out of hours: 0797 259 5505

E: rosemary@dvtalent.co.uk

DV Talent
Burghley Yard
106 Burghley Road
London
NW5 1AL

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