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Sep 28, 2012 08:33 |  #31

good detective work.




  
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Sep 28, 2012 11:13 |  #32

Here's a story for you.

Back in the early 80's I was working at a local camera store. A good customer had his brand new Hassleblad stolen.

Guy walks in the store with a new 500 c/m. Asks me to show him how to load film in it. Real red flag there. Checked the numbers and sure enough it was my guys camera. They guy who came in was not the thief. The guy selling it had agreed to let him take it to the camera store to be checked out so he was not out any money. The thiefs house was searched and a truckload of stolen property was removed. I heard he pled out to 10 yrs.

I really hate thieves.


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Sep 28, 2012 12:47 |  #33

Tiggity-T wrote in post #15052273 (external link)
One kinda funny part about it. As I was sitting in Starbucks and waiting for him to arrive a male baristas looked at me and asked if i was waiting for a short Asian guy. I was kinda shocked because he man sounded Asian over the phone.

"Why do you say that?"

"Oh, I saw your camera boxes (which I had brought as proof of ownership) and there is an Asian guy who meets people here all the time to sell camera gear, phones, and stuff. We've told him we don't want him doing that here but he keeps coming back."

"Well, that might not be a problem anymore."

"Uh...okay."

At which point he walked away to do barista stuff. So after I got my gear and the police detained the guy the barista looked at me, smirked, and said "Ah, I see what you mean now."

"He tried to sell me my own stolen stuff."

"Awesome."

He then gave me a free pumpkin latte.

First off I am glad you got your stuff back. This seems like the guy here might not be the person that broke into your car, but just happened to be the guy that bought the stuff off the thief thinking he could quickly turn them for a profit. I mean how often are people going to find camera gear laying in a car? I would think if the guy was always in the shop selling car stereos that would be another thing.

I think he bought the camera gear from some drug addict dipsh!t thief at a ridiculously low price at which he should have known or suspected it being stolen. I don't know, I am just speculating here. I had my car get broken into for the guy to steal a 10 year old stereo worth maybe $40 and breaking a $300 window to do so. Meanwhile we had $500 worth of children’s car seats in the back not get touched. So I'll say there is often not much intelligence behind these thieves.


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Sep 28, 2012 12:48 |  #34

Tiggity-T wrote in post #15052184 (external link)
Thanks for the assistance and support in my other thread.
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1232075

I found them on eBay. The seller had unknowingly posted pictures of serial on the lens mount so I was able to verify that it was mine. I contacted the detective working on my case and gave him the information about the eBay sale. I then bought the lenses myself to make sure they didn't get sold to someone else.

The buyer then messaged me that he was cancelling the sale because he suspected they were stolen, good for him. I confronted him over email and told him the stolen gear was mine. He agreed to refund the sale and meet me in person to return the items. I contacted the detective, told him the time and location and he met me there, but stayed out of sight until the man gave me my gear. Once I had the gear in my possession they approach him and gave him the third degree to see where/whom he had gotten them from, then apparently obtained a warrant to search his apartment. Still some other missing items from my car but its the camera gear I cared about the most.

So, I have my lenses, bag, and filters back and it cost me no money! Huzzah! :D

Great to hear you got them back! Often that does not happen.




  
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Sep 28, 2012 13:11 |  #35

Great news.




  
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Sep 28, 2012 13:22 |  #36

looks like the guy mainly sells iphones...from water damaged to new...


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Sep 28, 2012 13:35 |  #37

That's really great news, just one question though, how far away did the guy live from your house. Hopefully he's an innocent buyer just trying to make a quick profit but it should be a lesson to everybody, not to buy some second hand gear from someone on the cheap.


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Sep 28, 2012 15:25 |  #38

Yours is amazing story with a terrific outcome. It's a sober reminder for me to get a Personal Articles Policy witb a quickness, as my luck doesn't run that way! Good news!


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Sep 28, 2012 15:45 |  #39

Great news.




  
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Sep 28, 2012 15:47 |  #40

Best story of the month right here! Awesome!


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Sep 28, 2012 15:54 |  #41

Great story OP, glad you got your stuff back!

FEChariot wrote in post #15054415 (external link)
I had my car get broken into for the guy to steal a 10 year old stereo worth maybe $40 and breaking a $300 window to do so. Meanwhile we had $500 worth of children’s car seats in the back not get touched. So I'll say there is often not much intelligence behind these thieves.

Where would you fence a child seat? :D


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Sep 28, 2012 16:02 as a reply to  @ joeblack2022's post |  #42

That is great that you got your stuff back.

What would be awesome is if they get the one who is the thief prosecuted.


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Sep 28, 2012 16:03 |  #43

Congrats, what a story. I loved Coffee Shop part. Could make a good short movie.




  
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Sep 28, 2012 17:19 |  #44

joeblack2022 wrote in post #15055213 (external link)
Great story OP, glad you got your stuff back!

Where would you fence a child seat? :D

2nd hand children's clothing/gear stores are everywhere and usually don't bother to check to see of the stuff is legitimately yours, because who would steal that stuff.


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Sep 28, 2012 17:20 |  #45

modchild wrote in post #15054652 (external link)
That's really great news, just one question though, how far away did the guy live from your house. Hopefully he's an innocent buyer just trying to make a quick profit but it should be a lesson to everybody, not to buy some second hand gear from someone on the cheap.


Apparently pretty close. Where we met up was < 1 mile from my home and described it as being convenient for him because he lived nearby.


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