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#1 Ian Hardy

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 06:59 AM

CALL FOR HELP: HD CAMERA THEFT IN PARIS, FRANCE

The Theft
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At the end of June, 2006, approximately half a million dollars worth of HD camera gear, decks, and lenses was stolen by a group of criminals posing as clients. The theft took place in Paris, France, at the Orly airport. The principal thief, who called himself Amos Laufer of International Film Consulting, spent over a month working with our company to plan a complex production project, part of which involved arial HD shooting from a helicopter. On the day that our crew showed up to conduct a test shoot and mount the gear on a ground base and on the helicopter, Mr. Laufer and his associate forcibly stole the equipment and disappeared.


The Impact
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Being robbed by a client who spent over a month working closely with us to plan a production came as a tremendous shock. The gear that was stolen represents the livelihood of our company. This kind of crime destroys companies and lives, and we would like to call upon everyone in the worldwide production community to 1) be aware and careful to avoid falling for similar trickery; and 2) to do everything possible to help us find and apprehend these criminals so that they can't victimize others.


How to Help
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The French police are working hard on this case, and they need leads. The gear that was stolen represents the cream of the crop of HD production equipment. In particular, the two Sony HDW F900P cameras, the HDW2000P deck, and the HD stabilized Canon 40x10 lens, are items that can be noticed and traced by concerned camera operators and video professionals. We would therefore like to request that all HD operators to keep a careful eye out for this gear, particularly when conducting shoots in parts of the world where the equipment may be relatively rare and difficult to trace, including: Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and South America.

Please contact us or the French police ASAP should you have any leads or ideas on this case. Particularly, if you notice this kind of gear for sale or rent, you can check the serial numbers (list below). One of the HDW900 cameras has a serial number of 11110, which is particularly easy to remember. If you see HD cameras bearing serial numbers that have been erased or modified, that would also be grounds for suspicion.

Our contact information is the following:


HD Camera Theft
BusinessFilm Productions
19 rue des Frigos
75013 Paris, France
Tel. +33 (0)1.45.70.83.42 (when dialing from the U.S., it's 011.33.1.45.70.83.42)
theft@businessfilm.com


To contact the French police directly:

Direction de la Police Judiciare
67, avenue de Stalingrad
94800 Villejuif, France
Tel. +33 (0)1.45.59.79.49
Fax. +33 (0)1.45.59.79.34
Plainte no. 2006/1546

Aside from keeping an eye out for the gear, please contact us with leads relating to the individual and his phony company (Amos Laufer with International Film Consulting), any similar crimes you may know about, or anything at all that you think might help.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD -- forward this website to your friends! We'd like to thank everyone in advance for taking the time to read this message and help out. Substantial leads resulting in the capture of the criminals or seizure of the gear will be rewarded.





The Stolen Gear (for complete list with photos, please see our website, below)
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CAMERAS
- Camera HDCAM HDW F 900 P Serial no. 11110
- Camera HDCAM HDW-F900 V2 Serial no. 10385
- Sony HVR-Z1U Serial no. 1112576

LENSES
- Canon Stablized HD Zoom Lens IASD 40x10 Serial no. 510098
- CANON Wide Angle HD Lens C 11X4.7 VS Serial no. 712176
- ENGHD Zoom Lens Serial no. 00110408
- HD Zoom Lens Serial no. 00810038
- HD HDW M2000P/1 Tape Deck Serial no. 45025

TAPE DECKS
- Digital Beta DVWA500/TTV3452 Tape Deck Serial no. 24246
- Panasonic HD HD BT-LH1700WE Serial no. K5TWA0812

MONITORS
- Panasonic HD HD BT-LH1700WE Serial no. K5TWA0812
- Sony Monitor BVM-D9H5E Serial no. 2000418
- ASTRO Oscilloscope monitor WM 3004 HD Serial no. 3104003
- LCD Screen 4/3 + mini arm noga + Viper AB/XLR4/HRS4 Serial no. 898

MISC
- 10 x IDX ENDURA 10 Batteries
- IDX VL-2 plus Charger Serial no. K1-03115
- Miranda Converter HD MDC 902 Serial no. 17266001
- Remote Zoom Extension Digital Canon
- Remote Focus Extension Digital Canon
- Satchler Video Tripod 25HII Serial no. 2201
- Battery charger VL2
- HD Rear adaptor Serial no. 10108
- Tripod Head 9/9 Serial no. 62568
- Petrol camera backpack for Z1 w/5
- Varizoom remote for Z1 w/ bag

SOUND GEAR
- 2 x Schoeps Microphones (1 CMC5 + light grey MK5 and 1 CMC6 + dark grey MK5) Serial nos. 11542 and 10282
- 2 x Beyer Microphones M58 Serial nos. 28771 and 28810
- Beyer Microphone M88N Serial no. 22655
- 2 Helicopter sound Cables NATO and Europe +++

To verify the authenticity of this message, or to see a full list of the stolen gear with photos, please visit our website at http://www.businessfilm.com/Theft/

Yours Sincerely,

Ian R. Hardy
Director, BusinessFilm Productions
10 rue des Frigos
75013 Paris, France
tel +33 (0)1.45.70.83.42
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