Stolen gear

November 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Not a fun update, this one.

My camera bag was stolen at a bus stop in Manchester on Saturday October 31st 2015 just after 4pm. The police have been informed, as have local camera shops and second hand shops. The bag and contents are as follows:

  • Tamrac 5584 Expedition 4X Backpack
  • Sandisk Cruzer Glide 128gb USB flash drive 
  • Nikon D600 camera body Barcode on box # HC1301011154 (HK import) - not sure if this is correct for serial # but is in the right place on the box.
  • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro lens Serial # 3021819 
  • Nikon 14‐24mm 1:2.8G ED NIKKOR lens Serial # 299679
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR lens Serial # 705162
  • 3xEN-EL15 Lithium-ion Batteries
  • 1x EN-EL15 battery charger
  • 3x SanDisk 32Gb SDHC memory cards
  • 1x mini usb cable
  • 8x AA batteries
  • 1x blue 2Gb ipod shuffle 4th generation (engraved with my name and mobile number in the back)
  • 1x black Sennheiser earbuds
  • 1x Apple iPad mains charger

The bag had a business card with all my contact details in the front top left pocket.

I got off the bus with a suitcase, camera bag and two other bags. The handle of one of my bags had broken so, thinking I was alone at the bus stop, I put everything down by my feet while I fixed the broken handle with gaffer tape, which took my attention for less than a minute. I picked everything up to cross the road to my hotel, and realised that I was a bag short. There was nobody in sight.


I found out later that contrary to the signs on the bus stop, there was no CCTV covering the exact area, so there's no way of identifying the thief. Also, because I had reported honestly exactly what happened, my insurance did not cover me as I was not technically mugged.

My heartfelt thanks go out to the music communities of which I am a part, who helped me to keep working; the friends who called to check up on me and those that looked after me for the rest of the day, and over the period that followed. It may have been a shitty event, but I learned a lot about how great people can be.