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Aug 12, 2013 23:07 |  #1

I saw this video in another forum and seemed very interesting. It happened in Saint Petersburg, Russia:

http://www.photography​bay.com …cg1Q&awt_m=Jh0D​zjwpdv62xu (external link)


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Aug 13, 2013 13:30 |  #2

That sucks.

"I'm a tourist" clothes, seems to be alone, big heavy photography backpack, 70-200 hanging off his neck, his "Aww shucks" reaction... they knew what they were doing and picked the right guy. 6 on 1, he had no chance. Probably better that he did not find the lens behind that paper, that tall guy behind him looks like he was getting ready for a beat down, just before the last misdirection.

Thanks for sharing. I've read about this kind of thing, but always wondered, how do you "pickpocket" a mounted lens. Now I know, and knowing is half the battle. Yo Joe!


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Aug 13, 2013 16:24 as a reply to  @ lilkngster's post |  #3

That video had some media attention a couple of months ago.

The thieves are gypsies btw. They are plaguing my country as well.


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Aug 13, 2013 16:37 |  #4

least he didn't get shot like they would just do here in america.


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Aug 13, 2013 16:41 |  #5

Scum.


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Aug 16, 2013 02:54 |  #6
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Talley wrote in post #16205274 (external link)
least he didn't get shot like they would just do here in america.

Depends on the state. Strict gun control laws, photog gets shot. Lax gun control laws, robbers get shot.


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Aug 16, 2013 08:14 |  #7

Good to see such a coordinated effort because, while it may be a $2000 lens, on the street, probably not even half that, split 6 ways? These guys would be better off stealing a couple of lawn mowers and starting a landscaping business.




  
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Aug 16, 2013 08:21 |  #8

Talley wrote in post #16205274 (external link)
least he didn't get shot like they would just do here in america.

Right. In the US, they would take your stuff, after you willingly gave it to them, and then, for fun, shoot you.




  
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Aug 16, 2013 18:54 |  #9

They should put their skills to work and not for evil.


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Aug 17, 2013 03:24 |  #10

Talley wrote in post #16205274 (external link)
least he didn't get shot like they would just do here in america.

If that is your view of the U.S., you need to move to a different state.


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Aug 17, 2013 11:56 |  #11

Remind me not to travel to Russia. That can happen anywhere. Swarm muggings happen all the time and many of the groups are kids. That really sucked though. I'm really careful when I travel. I'm always conscience of my surroundings particularly when some is standing beside me at a viewpoint when there is lots of space around which does make it a little tiring.

I just got back from Maine and I was comfortable with all my gear. More than normal. I was not in the big cities but I don't think that would have made a difference. I figure I have insurance. A pain if it happens but oh well.


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Aug 21, 2013 13:53 |  #12

having had my stuff stolen once off my back, I can feel this guys pain

I am always cautious when carrying my gear


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Aug 21, 2013 14:00 |  #13

eddieb1 wrote in post #16212719 (external link)
Right. In the US, they would take your stuff, after you willingly gave it to them, and then, for fun, shoot you.

http://www.foxnews.com …t-in-oklahoma-for-fun-it/ (external link)

"Teens charged after allegedly killing Australian student in Oklahoma for the 'fun of it"

You stand corrected.


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Aug 21, 2013 14:19 |  #14

flip up little razor blade contraption right by the camera lens release button would be nice...

wonder if you can disassemble a taser-like contraption and put 2 contacts on the button...
press back button to "safely" remove lens,
remove lens w/o pressing button..... zzzzzzap!


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Aug 21, 2013 14:48 |  #15

I must say that was one professional job. Multiple thieves had different jobs to do.


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