This is a real shame! One of my city's well-respected bricks and mortars camera stores was a victim of theft and fraud on a number of occasions. Throughout the 1990s the outside of the store started to more and more resemble a fortress. This was due to someone using a truck and a chain to pull down part of the front of the store. During the same time period, dealing with their rentals department involved more- and more-elaborate ID verification. (Apparently one "renter" came in and rented over $20000 in gear, left the city, and was never seen again.) The store eventually got rid of its rentals department. They also got rid of their used-camera section, which I am assuming happened because they were surreptitiously being used to "fence" gear. I noted that the b&m store that I normally do business with these days recently adopted a policy of waiting one month after taking in a lens as a trade in from one customer before actually selling the lens to another customer. I am assuming that this was done in order to check that the gear hadn't been stolen, thus preventing unsavoury types from trading that stolen gear.This is a rather sad state of affairs. I wonder how huge mail-order companies like Amazon and B&H must deal with this sort of thing when they don't see any customers face to face.
Looks like the two criminal masterminds have been apprehended:http://www.thecamerastore.com/blog/stolen-hasselblad-gear-reunited-with-the-camera-store-.aspx Kijiji is a Canadian equivalent to Craiglist, by the way.Cheers,Fraser
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