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LAX Imperial Hill - A Warning  
User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1107 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 7 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5924 times:

LAX Imperial Hill - warning

Last week a friend of mine had over $15000 worth of camera gear (1D4 x 2, 500mm etc) taken from a rental car parked on Imperial Hill at LAX. He was distracted by a guy wanting directions and whilst his attention was diverted another guy pulled the camera gear out of my friend's rental car. The thieves rapidly left the scene in a car driven by a third guy before they could be stopped.

So, just a recommendation to be careful up on the Hill... If they got away with it once they may try again, and many of us have a lot of valuable gear with us up there.


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 12132 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5860 times:

Thanks for the warning Andy - much appreciated. I try to always keep an eye on my car, but obviously not always possible.

Hope the police manage to locate them.

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User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 5835 times:

Was the car unlocked or were the windows down? How did they get the gear so fast without making a scene?
PS This is a good lesson for anyone with expensive gear to have an insurance policy. I insure $10,000+ of camera gear for around $120 per year. It covers all losses anywhere in the world.

User currently offlinenickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5704 times:
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I would have your friend check with their auto insurance policy, and depending on the policy, they might be able to recover some of the damages/theft from the rental vehicle.

Check with the credit card company that the car was rented on, if that applies.

Shame that something like this had to happen, but still, there are options and perhaps your friend can afford new equipment now. It won't bring back the images on his cards if they were stolen also, but still, it is something.

Good Luck,


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User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5499 times:

Have your friend file a report with El Segundo PD, AND to keep an eye out at Pawn Shops, ebay, craigslist etc. Did your friend get a license plate number for the thief's car?

Was it a 500 f/4?

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