OLYMPIC PHOTOGRAPHER ROBBED FOR $40k GEARS SPOTS THE THIEF

OLYMPIC PHOTOGRAPHER ROBBED FOR $40k GEARS SPOTS THE THIEF

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An Australian photographer in Rio covering the 2016 Olympic Games has had $40,000 of camera gear stolen from him in a cafe by a sting led by a woman.

Brett Costello became the latest robbery victim when his equipment disappeared from view in seconds.

He told the Daily Telegraph a woman distracted him when she appeared to be asking for help and her accomplices swooped when he wasn’t looking.

“I’m gutted and I feel stupid that I wasn’t wise to their plan,” he tells The Courier Mail. “I know that I’ll probably never see my bag or gear again.”

The police were of course called, but Costello isn’t optimistic about getting any of the gear back.

How Costello spotted the thief

Police arrest the man near the archery arena where he was caught with Brett Costello’s stolen gear.
Police arrest the man near the archery arena where he was caught with Brett Costello’s stolen gear.

Photographer Brett Costello noticed the man wearing his jacket when he walked through security to cover the archery event this morning. He found one piece of that equipment on a man who illegally entered the archery venue at the Rio Olympics on Saturday.

After being confronted by Costello and security personnel, the man took off the stolen vest and began to walk away. He was quickly detained by police for questioning.

After being confronted by Costello and security personnel, the man took off the stolen vest and began to walk away. He was quickly detained by police for questioning.

Costello proving to the suspect and security that the vest belong to him.
Costello proving to the suspect and security that the vest belong to him. Still frame by Yahoo Sports.
The suspected thief being questioned.
The suspected thief being questioned. Still frame by Yahoo Sports.

Costello addresses after the incidence.

If you’re in Rio for the Olympics and you’re hauling a lot of gear around, let this serve as a reminder to stay vigilant at all times. Costello is no amateur or tourist that might be considered “easy prey.” If it can happen to him, it can happen to anybody.

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