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Thief | by daveknapik
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Some of you may notice that I try to upload a photo a day. I didn't ever expect that photo to be a mosaic of CCTV still shots of the guy that stole all my camera gear.


My wife and I came home last night to discover that our home laptop was stolen along with our Nintendo DS Lites and all my camera gear, among several other things. It's a very long story and I won't get into it here, but I will say that because we couldn't see any signs of forced entry, we have reason to think the thief may have had keys somehow.


The kind people at the media agency across the road let us inspect their CCTV footage today. We scanned nearly 12 hours of it and have our prime suspect now.


I've arranged these in chronological order, from 12:53 to 13:02 (thousands of pounds of kit in under 10 minutes... impressive cunt isn't he?). Note how he enters the road carrying one bag and leaves with two. The new bag uncannily resembles my camera bag, the Lowepro Slingshot 200.


I know the detail here is horrible, but it's all we have. If you think you can somehow identify this person from this, please let me know.


Have a look at the person that ruined my month. Thankfully I have contents insurance on my flat and the claim process is moving along already. I'll probably be without a camera for a month though and that kills me. I've drifted (some may say stumbled haphazardly) among many artistic passions in my 34 years, but photography is the one that I've stuck with the longest and which has spoken to me the most. I feel terrible.


UPDATE: I've geotagged this photo so you can see where it was taken (Pratt Mews, London, NW1, UK) if you click on the "map" link to the right.

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Taken on June 26, 2009