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$27,000 in Leica and Hasselblad Gear Stolen from The Camera Store


There has been another notable burglary in the world of camera shops. The Camera Store, the Calgary-based store that has a huge following on YouTube, was broken into this past weekend, and the burglars made off with roughly $35,000 CAD (~$27,000) in Leica and Hasselblad cameras and lenses.

CBC reports that early Saturday morning, one or more burglars pried open the shops steel shutters, smashed windows, and broke into display cases.

Stolen were a green limited-edition Leica MP Safari Edition camera (one of just 1,500 made), an $8,000 Hasselblad X1D camera, and three Hasselblad XC lenses (the 30mm, 45mm, and 90mm). The serial numbers are #09008593, #UQ27014288, #2WV10784, #2UVT10447, and #2VVT10265, respectively.

“This theft seems very targeted since specific items were taken,” the store writes, and CBC notes that other equipment worth over $80,000 was left behind. “We hope that someone in the local photo community will hear something about this.”

The Camera Store is now offering a $5,000 CAD ($3,800) shopping spree reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to a conviction of the culprits.

Burglars have been targeting camera stores and rental companies in recent years. LensProToGo lost $500,000 in gear in 2015, burglars sawed a hole in a wall behind a Nikon display case at another store in 2016, and hundreds of cameras and lenses were stolen from Midwest Photo just earlier this year.

Update on 12/23/17: The burglars were arrested and everything has now been recovered.