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Watch This Video of Thieves Stealing a Lens Right Off a Photographer's Camera on His Neck
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July 10, 2013
7:30 am
Eric Reagan
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This is a crazy operation in Russia where a group of thieves coordinate to distract a photographer while taking what looks like his Nikon 70-200 right off the camera that's handing on his neck.

At first, we see the photographer/tourist approached by a group of people putting things in front…

July 10, 2013
9:18 am

This looks like it was staged. Maybe as a PSA?

July 10, 2013
9:25 am

Not staged man, where I come from, this things happends with smartphones, cameras, wallets, it's social engineering thieves, they create a distraction and you don't even notice when they steal your stuff!

July 11, 2013
9:57 am

It looks staged to me too. There is a wide field of view with only the group of girls walking in the background. You would think more people would be walking by or there would be less people in the group especially if a tourist dressed in orange ventured there.

July 12, 2013
2:01 am

This is not staged! Camera view is from the bus that is parked (almost all vehicles in Russia have it) ...and this is classic way of stealing called "distract and steal". Guy was pissed off and I would be for 3000$ lens.This was early morning when buses just arrived or they are arriving around 10AM.
More people will appear in afternoon. Love the city but seeing this I am happy for not being a target, I left my big guns at much pressure to keep things safe.

July 12, 2013
2:09 am
Dennis Stuart

From Russia with love. I wonder if the Police will use these pictures to catch the perps..
Or maybe the cops are in on it. Wouldn't be surprised. Their political leader himself is a thug. This is why I'd never consider a trip to Russia

July 12, 2013
8:02 am

Exactly the same thing happened to me in St Petersburg and those thieves also took my 70-200 f2.8. Very wary about using the pro lens in public now ! That video copuld have been me. Fortunately insurance covered my loss

July 12, 2013
10:01 am

Thieving bastards.

July 12, 2013
8:59 pm

Had exactly the same shit pulled on me on a train in Paris but they were going for my shoulder bag. Caught the pricks in the act and it was game on.

August 13, 2013
12:18 am

The Fujifilm x-E1 starts to look good. Yes, this happens all the time in many places, I have seen it.

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