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    Hi there,

    got an uninvited visitor in my home this week.
    Almost all my camera equipment (Leica, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic) have been taken.
    I'm living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    This is the list of my Leica stuff, please keep an eye open - thank you.

    LEICA M9 (P upgrade) (S) S/N: 3908077
    LEICA MP (.85) (S) S/N: 2983160

    LEICA ELMARIT-M 1:2,8/21 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3849445
    LEICA ELMARIT-M 1:2,8/24 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3872553
    LEICA SUMMICRON-M 1:2/28 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 4007584
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1,4/35 mm (B) S/N: 3281473
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3992701
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm (S) S/N: 3965097
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm (B) S/N: 3676430
    LEICA NOCTILUX-M 1:0,95/50mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 4104688
    LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 1:2/75 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 3999265
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/75 mm (B) S/N: 3797842
    LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 1:2/90 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3950223

    LEICA VARIO-ELMARIT-R 1:2,8-4,5/28-90 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 3970270
    LEICA VARIO-APO-ELMARIT-R 1:2,8/70-180 mm (B) S/N: 3725307
    LEICA FLASH SF-58 S/N: 059911


    Feeling pretty depressed ...
    Bart ...

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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    First of all sorry about your loss and I hope your insurance company covers it all. Second I hope the people responsible are caught and are served proper justice for pretty much being a nuisance and for general thievery.

    Lastly (although the most important thing) I hope no one was hurt in the incident.
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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    Sorry for your loss Bart. Hope you guys are safe.
    Hopefully the loss shall be covered by insurance.

    Take care.

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    Hi Bart,

    I am sorry about your misfortune.
    That loss is terrible. I feel for you.
    But don't let that theft get down your spirit.
    Hopefully the stolen items can be recovered.
    With best regards, K-H.

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    That's horrible! Property loss aside I hope everyone in your family is unhurt. Also, hopefully your insurance company will help you rebuild your fine collection of equipment.
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    That has to be heartbreaking. All the best with recovery, replacement, or whatever comes next.

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    Hi Bart
    so sorry . . .

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    SO very sorry, Bart. I hope that the thieves (thief) are caught and your gear is returned. I feel sick to my stomach for you...
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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    Bart, that is really a drag!
    One feels assaulted when strangers have been through your things.

    I hope you get things sorted out.
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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    OMG, Bart, that's terrible !
    I'l keep an eye open around Brussels, that is not so far away from Amsterdam ...

    Do you have a list of the other photo-related items too ?

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    Keep your chin up Knorp, I hope it all works out OK,

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    Bart, it is sickening to thing about someone invading our privacy...but as others have stated, the safety and we'll being of your family takes precedence. I just hope all are OK. I'm sorry to hear of your loss and hopefully insurance will ease the pain of loosing your cherished items and that soon enough you're back to doing what you enjoy most.

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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    Bart:

    It saddens me very much to see this post. I enjoy your images and comments always laced with your joie de vivre.

    I had my first serious camera stolen from my car along with several lenses (including a screw mount Pentax 20mm f/4.5 - loved that lens) many years ago.

    I hope to see your images here in the near future.

    Best,

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    Hi Bart,

    Reading your post I could feel the pain in my stomach!
    Hope you were insured.
    Will keep an eye open on the usual places on the net (marktplaats etc)!
    Did you also inform all the Dutch and German Leica dealers.
    Maybe Leica in Wetzlar has some kind of system that can be used to alert/inform dealers?!

    Good luck.

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    This is so so so sad. I do feel very sorry for you Bart.

    When we are robbed our passion it is like someone is removing a vital part of our soul. It is a very big crime.

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    Having had a similar event many years ago you have my empathy. I felt violated after my gear was stolen. I wanted to find the SOB and wring his dirty little neck. He was arrested two days later but my gear had gone to a fence and was never seen again. I was covered by insurance, but I remained upset for quite a while.

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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    OH NO!

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    So very sorry.

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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hi there,

    got an uninvited visitor in my home this week.
    Almost all my camera equipment (Leica, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic) have been taken.
    I'm living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    This is the list of my Leica stuff, please keep an eye open - thank you.

    LEICA M9 (P upgrade) (S) S/N: 3908077
    LEICA MP (.85) (S) S/N: 2983160

    LEICA ELMARIT-M 1:2,8/21 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3849445
    LEICA ELMARIT-M 1:2,8/24 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3872553
    LEICA SUMMICRON-M 1:2/28 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 4007584
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1,4/35 mm (B) S/N: 3281473
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3992701
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm (S) S/N: 3965097
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm (B) S/N: 3676430
    LEICA NOCTILUX-M 1:0,95/50mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 4104688
    LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 1:2/75 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 3999265
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/75 mm (B) S/N: 3797842
    LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 1:2/90 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3950223

    LEICA VARIO-ELMARIT-R 1:2,8-4,5/28-90 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 3970270
    LEICA VARIO-APO-ELMARIT-R 1:2,8/70-180 mm (B) S/N: 3725307
    LEICA FLASH SF-58 S/N: 059911


    Feeling pretty depressed ...

    So sorry for your loss here. I would post this on the buy and sell as stolen gear. This way folks looking for Leica gear and will see this posted in there searching and may just happen upon it. I would also do the same on other forums.
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    Man, I feel your pain, that was an awful lot of gear to lose in one go
    Last summer the same thing happened to me although in a far smaller scale, and I'm still angry
    I was even at home when the burglar broke into our house, but unfortunately I didn't hear him.
    I really wish you good luck, Bart, with the insurance process you have to go through now. It's no fun.
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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    I had a bagful of (Canon) equipment stolen at Geneva airport years ago. It's an awful experience; I feel your anger and pain.
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    I got a sickening feeling just from reading your post. It looks like you had the best of Leica equipment. Any theft is a bad experience, but this was horrendous.

    With luck it was a small-time thief who'll get caught trying to sell such an unusual array of gear.

    Clearly you're not in Mokum (= a safe haven). Perhaps folks in the Amsterdam photo community will help you look for suspicious offers/ads.

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    Guess what ? One of my stolen lenses (August 2014) emerged on the Bay after all those years.

    LEICA ELMARIT-M 1:2,8/24 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3872553

    Listed by Setadel Studios
    'Steve' and Jono Slack sent me a notification this morning.
    This 'Steve' sent an email to them and so did I.
    Well, now wait till Monday (give them a call) and see what happens next.

    Still feeling depressed ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hi there,

    got an uninvited visitor in my home this week.
    Almost all my camera equipment (Leica, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic) have been taken.
    I'm living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    This is the list of my Leica stuff, please keep an eye open - thank you.

    LEICA M9 (P upgrade) (S) S/N: 3908077
    LEICA MP (.85) (S) S/N: 2983160

    LEICA ELMARIT-M 1:2,8/21 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3849445
    LEICA ELMARIT-M 1:2,8/24 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3872553
    LEICA SUMMICRON-M 1:2/28 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 4007584
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1,4/35 mm (B) S/N: 3281473
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3992701
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm (S) S/N: 3965097
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/50 mm (B) S/N: 3676430
    LEICA NOCTILUX-M 1:0,95/50mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 4104688
    LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 1:2/75 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 3999265
    LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1:1,4/75 mm (B) S/N: 3797842
    LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 1:2/90 mm ASPH. (S) S/N: 3950223

    LEICA VARIO-ELMARIT-R 1:2,8-4,5/28-90 mm ASPH. (B) S/N: 3970270
    LEICA VARIO-APO-ELMARIT-R 1:2,8/70-180 mm (B) S/N: 3725307
    LEICA FLASH SF-58 S/N: 059911


    Feeling pretty depressed ...
    Bart ...
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    Hope there is some resolution to this Bart.
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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    It's too bad that you have to be drawn back into feeling your loss all over again, but I am impressed that Jono and one other caught the serial number. There don't seem to be good automatic tools for checking used listings. Was the EBay listing suspicious for some other reason? Setadel is a known seller, so this may be downstream from whatever process was used to fence your lenses the first time. Since all of your stolen goods have probably been sold on at least once by now, this shows we still need better registry services to catch stolen goods.

    Please keep us posted on what you learn, especially if you are able to track back to when it changed hands in 2014 or so.

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    FWIW Setadel Studios is a shop located in Ontario, Canada. I had purchased from them before via ebay. They were courteous and resolved a problem amicably. I'm also curious how they would respond to this.
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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    Hi There
    I'm innocent of all praise - I was just 'found' by Steve, who was the guy with the eagle eyes
    As I understand so far Setadel Studios were told by the police not to send the lens back to Bart, but to send it back to the person they bought it from (in Germany). I truly hope that Bart gets this lens back (and the others), but after the story of another member's 'found' noctilux I'm increasingly cynical about the police actually bothering to do anything in these cases.

    At any rate GOOD LUCK BART

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    Trying to get 'your' stolen gear back can be a sobering affaire.
    Although Setadel started cooperative, they remain silent now.
    So, if they don't tell me who that seller is in Berlin, then I'm on a dead end again.
    Btw - just noticed the lens is no longer listed on the Bay, time to contact Setadel again.

    On a positive note: I was pleasantly surprised to read that 'my' lens still is in good 'nick' ...

    Cosmetics 9/10
    -No dings, dents or major marks
    -Barrel shows very modest signs of wear

    Mechanics 9.5+/10
    -Focusing is smooth
    -Aperture clicks are crisp

    Optics 9.5+/10
    -No fog, fungus, separation or scratches
    Bart ...

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    Re: Stolen Leica equipment

    Bart, this really sucks.
    Does the Canadian police know the identity of the seller in Berlin?
    Why not give you that information?

    Anyway, good luck to your efforts.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    Bart

    Tough break .

    I helped successfully recover stolen Leica equipment that was offered on eBay . Here is how to approach recovery .

    1. You need solid proof that you own the equipment ..which means a bill of sale/invoice etc .

    2. You need a recent photograph that has the exif information on the serial numbers .There is a free software application that can provide this .You will have to google for it .

    3. You must be able to prove that the store has your items . My friend went in person and took a few photographs with the stolen camera on his card . He then documented that the store had his equipment .

    4. Armed with proof he went to local police station and demanded that they help him retrieve his items .

    You do not need to find the seller in Germany. They are in possession of stolen goods ..its the stores problem .

    If you can not do the above you have almost no chance of recovery .

    You only other option is to demand that the store return your items ...you may have to get an attorney to make it stick .
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    Bart:

    This is a Canadian company and they buy and sell a lot of Leica gear, as I had dealings with them before. Maybe if you skillfully remind them (never threaten anything) that their co-operation with you in handing over the stolen item the on-line Leica community will look at them as a respectable Leica shop which would do the right thing even in the face of possible financial loss. Of course you have to be able to offer them solid proof of your previous legitimate ownership in order to persuade them. They are a business and no business likes to take a loss, but they have to weigh carefully if they want the profit from the sale of this lens or their business reputation in the Leica community, or on-line photography community in general.
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