Category Archives: Broadcast Hire Equipment Thefts

If you have any information regarding the thefts listed below or are offered stolen equipment, contact the Police or email admin@xhire.org.uk

Kit stolen in Bulgaria

Shift-4 have had the following items stolen from a crew in Bulgaria:

Cooke S4i 18mm T2 Prime # 4018-1157

Cooke S4i 25mm T2 Prime # 4025-1173

Cooke S4i 40mm T2 Prime # 4040-1125

Chrosziel Mattebox – Rail mounted

Schneider 0.6, 1.2 & 1.8 IRND Filters

If you have any information, please contact Shift 4 (www.shift-4.com) or contact us.

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Equipment stolen from vehicle – London, UK, 26 October 2015

If you have any information regarding the equipment listed below, contact Jeremy Irving at mail@jeremyirving.tv, or contact us.

Sony PMW 500 S/N 61698

Canon HJ17 S/N 1312315

The equipment was stolen from a vehicle in London.

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Fraudster arrested after attempted impersonation

Good news:  An attempted fraud has been thwarted and the perpetrator arrested, as a result of a simple check by someone who was asked to release equipment.

Here, in brief, is what happened.

  1. Someone impersonating James Miller, a film maker, emailed Varavon, a video equipment manufacturer, using a fake email address, (jamesmillerdop@yahoo.com) requesting that they release some film equipment for review.
  2. Vavaron agreed, and requested that a London based company, Camera Kings London, supply the products to James Miller.
  3. An employee at Camera Kings texted James Miller using the number on his Vimeo page, and was told that no such review had been requested.
  4. Camera Kings contacted the Police, who set up a sting operation, and when the thief came to collect the kit, bearing a forged driving licence, he was arrested.

Three things worth noting here:

  1. The theft was prevented because someone decided to carry out a simple check which might have taken no more than 5 minutes.
  2. The Police, when offered the prospect of a nice easy arrest and conviction, were more than willing to co-operate.
  3. The fraudsters gathered all the information they needed to be convincing from online sources.

Although it has been quiet recently, the fraudsters haven’t gone away, so the rental community needs to remain vigilant.

More information here

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Onsight – Kit stolen in transit

Two lenses stolen:  Couriers collected lenses in two cases, and when they arrived in Belfast, the cases were empty.

If you are offered these items for sale, please contact Sam Higham at Onsight, or contact us.

Zeiss 100mm 7114769

Zeiss 135mm 8151269

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Kit stolen in transit – July 2015

Canon XA10, Serial 453632300036 .  If you are offered this item for sale, or come across it in any other circumstances, please contact us.

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Stolen kit list: Fraudulent hire

Kit stolen by fraudulent means in January 2015.  Please contact us if you are offered any of these items for sale, or come across them anywhere.

CAMERA
C300 camera body    1    PRO KIT    5.33641E+11
Batteries  ( 2 large one normal)    3    PRO KIT    normal one 201303, big ones 201304D and 201304D
Calumet usb3 downloader    1    CALUMET    NONE FOUND
Charger and mains cable    1    PRO KIT    ZHB
Flipside 500 AW rucksack    1    CALUMET    NONE FOUND

5D mark II    1    NICK HOCKINGS    530313210
Batteries    4    ebay and Calumet    201007 CANON, VB4B CANON, LI-ION LP-E6, CALUMET CJ0621

MEDIA
32 GB cards    6    PEC / CALUMET / AMAZON

LENSES
24-105mm Canon L series    1    PRO CAMERA SHOP    4534629
17-40mm Canon L series    1    CALUMET    3703865
35-350mm Canon L series, in leather & with carrier with sunhood.    1    i    46040

AUDIO
short xlr cable    1    CVP
me 66 / k6 audio    1    CVP    191966
Rycote softie    1    CVP

NB
Rode VideoMic R Shotgun Mic on shockmount
50mm Canon Lens

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Kit stolen in transit

Kit stolen in transit.  If you are offered any of the items listed below, please contact admin@xhire.org.uk.

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Nikon fit – Serial Number: 4045859

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 Nikon fit – Serial Number: 1002595

Nikon D600 – Serial Number: 6007300

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Attempted theft from van by moped riders

Pro Motion report that one of their vans was followed by two people on a moped in the Hammersmith area, who then tried to steal kit when the driver stopped to make a delivery.

Last year there was a series of robberies of this type, and it looks as if they are trying again.

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Stolen Kit: California USA Dec 8th 2014

Received via web form:

Your Name         : Brian Dzyak

Your organisation : Freelance Cameraman www.dzyak.com

Telephone         : +18183263728

E-mail Address   : brian@dzyak.com

Name(s) of fraudulent hirer.: Stolen by unknown

Name of fraudulent organisation, address and website if available: Stolen by unknown

List the main items of kit stolen.: Sony F5 Camera Body S/N 100312

DVL350 LCD ViewfinderS/N 0120111

Fuji Cabrio19-90mm lens S/N 7005128

NanoFlash Unit/Cable kit S/N 0810302

Sennheiser mic MKH416 P48

How was the fraud carried out? Please supply as much detail as possible.: Truck stolen from garage in Encino, California USA December 8, 2014.

Police details and crime number: LAPD West Valley Division (Los Angeles, CA)

GTA-487 (D)(1)PC

1410-18382

Any other information you wish to share with the broadcast hire community: Photos of the equipment stolen with serial numbers can be seen at http://www.pinterest.com/bdzyak/sony-f5/

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Theft of kit from vehicle – Dublin

A large amount of kit has been stolen from CT Films in Dublin. (Details below) If you are offered any of the items listed below please contact Siobhan Ward at CT films (siobhanward@ctfilms.com), or xhire, or the Garda in Dublin.

Incident report:

On Wednesday 9th July 2014 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 at 12:50pm approximately, three men broke into the vehicle of one of our cameraman and stole 4 bags of equipment as well as a RED Epic Camera with a Canon 150-600ml Lens attached. Our cameraman had only been away from the vehicle for a few minutes and was standing approximately 100-150m from the vehicle when the theft occurred.

The vehicle had been forced open on the driver’s side. The thieves had then accessed the rear of the vehicle and stolen the filming equipment from there.

Witnesses saw three men in a Toyota Avensis, reg number 02-CN-3325 speeding away. Image attached.

ctfilmstheftThe Garda Incident Pulse Number is 11034271

Kit list below.

 

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