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Equipment has been rented from a broadcast hire company and has not been returned. Police have been notified. Theft by fraudulent hire

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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Kit stolen from freelance cameraman – Belgium

It seems that freelance cameramen are particularly vulnerable to theft.  The web form submission below is a very good example of the methods crooks use to steal kit, and destroy the livelihoods of freelancers.

If you have any information regarding this theft, or are offered any of the kit for sale, please contact Xhire, the Belgian police, or Sven Joukes directly.

Your Name         : Sven Joukes

Your organisation : Freelance Cameraman

Telephone         : +32 478 275 014

E-mail Address   : sven@superacht.be

Name(s) of fraudulent hirer.: Shawn Lacy shawnlacy@universalmusicgroup.com Name of fraudulent organisation, address and website if available: Don’t know, but probably not Universal Music Group.

List the main items of kit stolen.: Sony PMW-F5 s/n 0120126 OLED VF for F5 s/n 0102095 ZEISS CP.2 LENSES PL 15MM s/n 50001397 25MM s/n 50007026 35MM s/n 50034633 50MM s/n 50027835 85MM s/n 50030029 Canon 5D mkIII body Canon EF 16-35 mkII Canon EF 24-70

How was the fraud carried out? Please supply as much detail as possible.: Belgian prod. was contacted by British ‘prod’ to provide gear for shoot in Brussels. Upon arrival they get the gear, create chaos re: location etc., then take off with the gear

Police details and crime number: Brussels Police: +32 2 2797979 Crime nr: BR.20.LL.107306/2014 (date 24/09/2014

Update: Thanks to this listing, the stolen lenses were recovered, having been found for sale in London on Gumtree. A member of the public who realised the price they were selling for was a little too good to be true, took a note of one of the serial numbers and googled it.

 

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Theft of lenses from Lites Belgium

ATTENTION

 

 following equipment was not returned to LITES after rental :

 

Camera Arri Alexa plus serial nr 4485

 

Zeiss Ultra Prime lenses : with following serial numbers :

UP 20mm : 8942677

UP 28mm : 8937213

UP 40mm : 8942226

UP 65mm : 8940668

UP 100mm: 8940130

UP 135mm: 8942168

 

This was the man who rented the equipment :

 

Benjamin Heiwegen

 

His company :

BIMM Lifestyle Holding BV

Schrijverspark 112 / 02

3901Veenendaal

Dutch valid VAT nr : NL818464859B01 

The following individuals and vehicle were involved:

If you are offered any of the items for sale, or encounter any of the individuals depicted here, please contact Lites Belgium through their website:  http://lites.be , and email us.

Click on the thumbnails below to view full sized image.

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Alex Levi and Maurice Duchamp: Theft from freelance cameraman

The following theft was reported by the Xhire web form.

Submission Time   : 26-Mar-14 03:08

Your Name         : Simon Shen

Your organisation : Freelance Cameraman based in London

Telephone         : 07447922235

E-mail Address    : simonshen87@hotmail.com

Name(s) of fraudulent hirer.: Alex Levi from Maurice Dumchamp

Name of fraudulent organisation, address and website if available: Alex Levi on behave of Maurice Duchamp production of Maurice News Production

 Fake insurance policy registered under ‘Zurich’ Group

 They posted an online ad on production base and FTP

List the main items of kit stolen.: Canon 5D mark 2 with Full rig Zeiss ZF Prime lens set Cineroid EVF Formatt Matt box Lee ND Filter set Vinten Avocet 90 tripod & fluid head Sachtler Tripod DA100 Short Leg all the accessories etc.

How was the fraud carried out?  Please supply as much detail as possible.: A fake production company called Maurice Duchamp hired my camera equipment kit.They provided a fake insurance document.

I delivered the equipment to a man named Alex Levi outside the Mayfair hotel in London.

They’ve now disappeared with my kit.

Police details and crime number: Action Fraud Ref: NFRC140300574788 Police Ref:CHS10958 Any other information you wish to share with the broadcast hire community: Alex Levi, male, late 20s or eariler 30s, approx 6′ height, facial bread, mediterranean or turkish, barely speak english, worn a black jumper with baseball cap.

His personal number which is permanently switched off:  07823918873

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Additional details received by email:

Thank you very much for your reply, I’m really appreciate for the help in regarding to my case. Just to giving you more information about the case.

So basically, The Maurice Duchamp production company advertised a production assistant job on production base websites (the ads are still live).

They obviously found what they were looking for because their new production assistant contacted me about hiring my equipment. I was sent an insurance document and told to meet a man named Alex Levi outside the Mayfair hotel. And they were willing to pay me 200 pound for the first install payment as deposit. (300 quid in total for two days rental in the weekend.)

I delivered the equipment to him, received a cash payment and thought everything was fine. The following day I had a worried call from the production assistant who told me his phone was switched off. She sensed it was a scam so we done some digging. The insurance document is fake and we tried to call and contact Maurice Duchamp, but unfortunately there weren’t any response at all, also Alex Levi has disappeared.

I now realise they have scammed people before, but they always leave a trail. They paid for job ads on two websites and hired a room in the Mayfair hotel which they cancelled later.

It’s very unfortunate, this disaster happened on me, I reported to London metropolitan police right immediately, but it’s really sad, that the police didn’t do any helps at all, they kept me running around, waited and kicking me back and forth in between different department. In the end, they referred my case to a private company called ‘Action Fraud’ which also seems careless about my lost. There weren’t any execution or future progress from them at all since my last report. As there are many ways to track and chase them, through CCTV tape, their Mini Cab registration plate, hotel reservation etc, but no action preceded so far by ‘Action Fraud’. So right now I feel hopeless.

It’s a shame, that the total value of my kit is approx around 12000 pound, and I didn’t have any serial numbers for my camera and lens, as the lenses have all been rehoused and converted into cine-mode, However I’ve learnt my lesson in a hard way… I really hope the authorities could carry out some real action to resolve this case, as this ‘Maurice Duchamp’ guy still activating out there.

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