Philly Cops Hope Surveillance Video Will Nab Brazen Video Equipment Thief

By Al Novack

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A center city thief apparently knew what he was after, but perhaps didn’t think that the video production house would have its own in-house video surveillance system.

Philadelphia police have released surveillance video of a man wanted for stealing four small items worth nearly $20,000 from a community television production house at 7th and Ranstead Streets.

Video shows the man, wearing a Muslim-style hat known as a kufi, an orange t-shirt, orange backpack, white shorts, and high-top sneakers, walk into the Philly Cam community television offices shortly before 10am on July 22nd, then walk out a short time later.

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Investigators say the crook put two Fuji camera lenses and two focus modules valued at $19,100 into his backpack before walking rapidly out.

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The man, who wears glasses, is described as 5’11” to 6’1″ tall, with a thin build and full beard with a small patch of gray on the chin.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police.  Information can also be submitted anonymously.

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