Alert after camera gear worth £198,000 stolen
POLICE are warning photography enthusiasts to be on their guard for offers of cheap camera equipment after a high value burglary.
Thieves broke into a store on Townley Street, Middleton and stole items including video cameras, lighting panels, camera lenses, a tripod and batteries together worth £198,000.
It is uncertain when the raid took place as the victim was away from the shop but it was some time between April 17 and May 4.
The victim had returned to the premises to find them ransacked.
Police believe those responsible will be trying to off-load the equipment, possibly at knocked down prices.
Officers have appealed for witnesses to come forward and anyone who has recently bought cheap camera equipment.
Police Constable Kyle Chadwick, from Rochdale police, said: “A man’s livelihood has been damaged because of these thieves.
“I urge you to get in touch if you have been offered or sold camera equipment in the area as you may be able to help us catch whoever did this.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 856 8701 quoting incident number 575 04/05/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.