Posts Tagged ‘stolen’

How Idiotic Instagram Selfies Earned a 19-Year-Old Criminal 142 Felony Counts

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This was NOT a good week for moronic criminals with access to Instagram. After posting a bunch of ill-advised selfies on the photo sharing site, a Florida teenager now finds himself behind bars and facing 142 felony counts thanks to his oversharing habit. Read more…

Half a Million Dollars in Leica Movie Lenses and Other Gear Stolen from LA Film Set

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A late-breaking holiday shopping tip: If someone offers you a screamingly good deal on a Leica Summilux-C movie lens, be very suspicious. That’s because there’s currently $500,000 worth of stolen gear floating around the black market — including a $200K set of Summilux-C lenses — that was taken off the set of a Los Angeles film shoot.. Read more…

Detroit Crooks Rob Photojournalist Twice in One Day

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Photojournalist Christopher Morris has documented some of the world’s hottest war zones, reclusive North Korea and the 2012 Republican National Convention. But it took modern Detroit to totally punk him, with thieves there stealing $15,000 in camera equipment and another crook cheating him out of $200 in reward money later that same day. Read more…

Alleged Credit Card Thieves Nabbed After They Instagram Carl’s Jr. Bounty

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Sure, Instagram has provided some folks with a ready-made market for selling illegal items or doing unsavory things, but the photo sharing services has also expanded the boundaries of how incompetent a crook can be. Read more…

An Open Letter to the Person Who Stole My Camera…

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Dear clever person who stole my camera from the Barcelona train station — yes, you are oh so clever. I must say, I read about your ilk in all the guidebooks and could not even imagine how you might be able to get my beloved camera from my ever-watchful grasp, but you and your band of accomplices managed to play me and my group of friends like a fine tuned instrument. I am still only guessing at what you did to me. Read more…

Thief Caught on Tape Stealing $2,250 Worth of Prints from Art Gallery in Broad Daylight

In the digital age, having your photos stolen usually indicates copyright infringement by someone who decided to use your work without permission online. But for Ukranian-born photographer Aleksandr “Sasha” Onyshchenko, the term recently took on the old definition: two of his prints were literally stolen right out of the gallery they were being displayed at in broad daylight! Read more…

Controversy Erupts After Stolen Picture Wins Samsung Photo Contest

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One of the downsides to living in an uber-connected digital world is the ease with which intellectual property can be stolen. Whichever bogus excuse they choose to use, many people seem less than concerned when it comes to stealing someone’s photography and claiming it as their own these days.

One such person is Instagram user @bogdhan, who recently won Samsung’s ‘Live in the Moment’ Instagram contest (and an NX300) using a photo that he never actually took. Read more…

Photographer’s Stolen DSLR Contained Family’s Only Shots of Funeral

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From the annals of “How Low Can You Go?” comes word from Hawaii of a stolen camera whose memory card had a family’s only photos of a two-day memorial service.
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Phone Thief Unwittingly Gives Previous Owner a Photo Tour of His Life

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This is Hafid. About 4 months ago, Hafid stole a phone from a German tourist who was vacationing on the island of Ibiza, Spain. Hafid didn’t, however, delete the original owner’s Dropbox app or disable the automatic upload feature.

So ever since the phone was stolen, she has received periodic updates about Hafid’s life in Dubai, which she has kindly uploaded to a Tumblr blog, complete with humorous commentary. Read more…

Lenstag: A Free Online Gear Registry that Aims to End Camera and Lens Theft

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Camera equipment has long been attractive to the eyes of thieves. After all, it’s generally portable, pricey, and a piece of cake to sell through channels such as Craigslist. In Northern California, robbers have begun targeting photojournalists at gunpoint in order to snatch their gear.

Developer Trevor Sehrer, a Google engineer by day, has been working on a website that aims to help combat the theft of photography gear. It’s called Lenstag, and is an online equipment registry that makes it easier to report and track stolen cameras and lenses.
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