California res. please help with Stolen equipment -- Hassy's

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  1. eric

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    Here's an email I sent to the Hasselblad list. Anyone living in California...please help. I'm still feeling pretty numb about it....

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    If anyone is living in California, from SF to LA, please please if you
    see anything suspicious around pawn shops and low budget stores, I was
    robbed last week at a state park (on Thursday @ Lopez Lake near Pismo
    Beach). My car has been broken into and the following has been
    stolen:

    Lowepro AW mini trekker (brand new, bought for this trip)
    Hasselblad 50th anniversary 500c/m
    50mm FLE
    150 mm CF
    80mm CF
    21mm tube
    3 A12 backs
    crap load of film in the bag
    my receipt for the bag still inside it
    Tiltall tripod

    another Tenba bag with Konica 35mm SLR equipment but that's not as
    important as the Hassy's

    I have a case number with the San Luis Obispo County Sherriff's
    department. This was an crime of opportunity as one of the park
    employess mentioned a cooler with food has been stolen from another
    vehicle.

    I'm figuring the people wouldn't even know how to release the shutter
    on the hassy and dump it as quickly as possible.

    It's taking me a while to write this email cause I'm still feeling a
    bit numb about the whole thing. I've called every camera store in the
    county including Camerwest up in Monterey. My fear is the take it
    down to L.A. where "no questions asked" in pawn shops.

    The 50th anniversary is easy to spot (has a chrome plate denoting the
    anniversary on the side). Not too much of these around so if you see
    on in the store with 3 mint lenses...oh man, I don't know...I'm just
    rambling on...

    I have the Serial #'s to the 500c/m as well as some of the backs.
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    What a drag. My sympathies, Eric, and good luck getting it back.
     
  3. Bruce Osgood

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    I really feel for you. Photo.net used to have a list of reported stolen equipment that potential purchasers could consult. I don't know if it still exists.
     
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    i know how painful this is as i had some stuff stolen years ago. I was lucky as it was returned. Hope your are insured!
     
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    Geez Eric, I sure hope you get your gear back.

    Is the gear covered by insurance? I doubt if your car insurance would cover contents worth that much, so perhaps your home insurance will cover it? I have all my gear insured under my home insurance, which covers all loss, regardless of cause. It costs a bit more, but well worth the peace of mind it gives me.
     
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    Just another thought - keep an eye on eBay. You never know. You can always ask for serial numbers as an 'interested bidder'.
     
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    Sorry to hear your loss, Eric. I hope you will recover the equipment. Car insurance does not cover goods kept in it. If you have an additional rider for your home/rental property insurance, that would be the way to go. Found this out the hard way....
     
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    I feal bad for you. I'll keep an eye on Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.
     
  9. Fintan

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    Sorry to hear this Eric, I've almost exactly the same kit and this is my biggest fear.

    20 years ago, When I was 18 [and had a Zenith camera with 50mm lens] I was away for at a concert. The night before it I was offered a huge camera bag with 2 Olympus slr bodies, 2 zooms, 4 primes, flashes and film, all for the price of a few rolls of film. I phoned the police and the guy arrested in minutes. The gear returned to the photographer who was with a national newspaper. I hope you have a happy ending also.

    If not already done, please post your items on Photo.net registry
    http://www.photo.net/neighbor/registry/
     
  10. John McCallum

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    Man that's tough luck Eric, sorry to hear. Hope some good comes from it.
     
  11. Eric Rose

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    Just give me 15 minutes with the buggers in a closed room. I feel for you Eric, I have almost the identical kit. I've shlept (sp) it all over the world and have never had a problem. But I bet if I do get it pinched it will be near home.

    I think the suggestion to monitor eBay is the best one to date. I feel it could be the biggest fencing operation in the world.
     
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    Watch the local swap meets, and camera meets. I know Hayward just had their monthly one yesterday.
     
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