News crew has ve­hi­cle stolen while re­port­ing on crime wave

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — An­drew Blake

A news crew in Albuquerque, New Mex­ico, gained first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence in cov­er­ing crime on Fri­day, when the TV sta­tion’s SUV was stolen within sight of its re­porters.

Journalists for KOB-TV were pre­par­ing to film a seg­ment about the city’s un­safe streets Fri­day when their ve­hi­cle was stolen from a down­town park­ing lot right be­fore their eyes.

“Our en­tire news crew out here is a lit­tle shaken up,” KOB-TV re­porter Kai Porter said dur­ing Fri­day’s broad­cast. “Our news car was stolen from this park­ing lot here at Cen­tral and First as we were get­ting set up for our live shot. Our crew’s OK, we called 911 and re­ported it to po­lice. But it just goes to show you that re­ally any­body can be im­pacted by crime down here in this area.”

The sta­tion man­aged to re­cover the SUV af­ter about 30 min­utes with­out po­lice as­sis­tance by track­ing an on­board GPS sig­nal, news direc­tor Michelle Don­ald­son told the Albuquerque Jour­nal.

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