An “Inside Edition” crew, who bait “smash and grab” thieves reported on the robberies in California’s San Francisco Bay Area were the victim of a real robbery, and had thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen.
An “Inside Edition” crew, who bait “smash and grab” thieves in California’s San Francisco Bay Area were the victim of a real robbery resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars in equipment.
In an attempt to report on the rampant robberies in the region, “Inside Edition” employees filmed themselves planting of GPS trackers in the items that were placed in a car in a neighborhood known for theft.
The floats were placed in a $250 speaker and a wallet just before reporter Lisa Guerrero, explains: “for [their] last trick,” she also has a video camera in the car in case the products stolen.
Sure enough, two people were quickly spotted robbing of the vehicle. A man was seen in the segment of the smashing open of the car’s back window to pull out the bag throw, and a woman sitting in the neighborhood for the removal of the speaker.
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According to a man whose surveillance footage caught the incident, he said: “it lasted perhaps 20 seconds.”
The “Inside Edition” crew then tracked down the speaker, and confronted the duo as they walked in a train station.
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“You have my speaker right there, just broken into our car,” Guerrero says, telling the man that they have “got it on camera.”
While the man tries to stay away from the cameraperson, and at one point even pushing the camera, the reporter tells him, “five million people are going to see [him] to steal.” Refuse to give it back, the man who says that he is calling his mother — an offer Guerrero stimulates.
“Inside Edition” said the man eventually left the speaker, and they later moved to the track of the stolen purse, which was found in a trash can.
While the crew was interviewing the man captured on camera in the first theft, their actual crew car was broken into via the “smash and grab” method, causing “thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, more than 31,000 people have reported “smash and grab” robberies in the city in 2017 only.
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