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Beware: stolen Nikon equipment serial numbers (UK)

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"Tens of thousands of pounds worth of top-of-the-range Nikon cameras have been stolen from a UK camera dealer" (source). Here is a list of the stolen serial numbers:

D3x 5011228
D3x 5011232
D3x 5011229
D3x 5011223
D3 2082564
D3 2086984
D3 2082270
D3 2080220
14-24mm 264476
14-24mm 263414
14-24mm 261634
14-24mm 263409

If you are in the UK (or even Europe), beware - this equipment will probably hit eBay or your local camera shop at a very good price. If you see any of the listed equipment please call Robert White at 01202 723046.

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  • http://www.adelieland.eu/ Diti

    I have a pertinent question: if this stolen equipment is selt at a very good price, even stolen, why would the buyers want to call Robert White instead of being able to afford Nikon’s crème de la crème?

    • BrianO

      Because some people are honest and have integrity.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I would assume that one would do the right think and help catch those guys instead of getting a cheap camera, but I guess not everyone thinks like me. How about if the bad guys remain free and rob you next?

      • Dogbum

        Our admin is admirable

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

          sarcasm?
          :)

          • http://bonzo.com Bonzo

            I am sure you dont get 1-3 year guarantee with stolen equipment and possibly service/parts support if they know stolen serial numbers.

      • http://micahmedia.com Micah

        I dunno. Like grey market, but cheaper. And you know damn well it’s insured against theft, so it’s no loss to the dealer.

        Now how does that much gear walk? Inside job, and they probably know. Again, it’s easier to fire the perp and file with insurance than try to get it back. Returning this gear doesn’t benefit anyone who buys this. Unless they get caught.

        • http://micahmedia.com Micah

          That said, I wouldn’t buy it. I like a warranty. I’ve found them useful in the past, and worth the money.

    • Terry Williams

      Because getting caught with it could land you in jail. I believe the UK has laws regarding receipt of stolen property. At the very least the buyer could be out the money paid for the stolen gear. Finally, it is JUST PLAIN WRONG!

      • rod

        In Portugal, receiving/purchasing stolen goods is not a crime in itself, but if the police finds out, you will lose both the item and your money…

  • Alan

    Wow, thats a PREMIUM chunk of stolen equipment !!!

  • Zoetmb

    Because they’re honest?

    Would you buy a stolen car if it was offered a good price if you knew it was stolen?

    • http://www.adelieland.eu/ Diti

      No, I wouldn’t, you have a point.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I would.

  • Mike

    Because it will be blacklisted as stolen by Nikon and if it breaks, fails or you even need a sensor cleaned, you might as well buy the camera or lens again as it will either be taken from you or denied service.

  • Joe

    Where can i post my stolen D300′s serial number?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      Good idea – give me few days to create something. I will post it online when ready. It will be like a spreadsheet for stolen Nikon equipment serial numbers.

      • Neil

        A little advice from someone who has dealt with this in numismatics. You can open yourself to a lot of trouble if you post unverified serial numbers as being stolen. Either make it very clear that the list is unverified, require people submit a police report with the numbers, use only published numbers, or don’t try it.

        • mike

          Very good point, Neil.

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

          The original source is amateurphotographer as I mentioned in the post. I am just repeating the info they provided, since this is a Nikon specific site.

          • Mike

            Yes this can be a liability problem.
            For example: Person sees an ebay auction which shows a product with serial number. He reports to you the serial number as a stolen camera. He then contacts the winning bidder and threatens legal action using your site as a reference. Etc. Or he can go after the original seller… who knows?

            Just be careful!

          • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

            Didn’t think of that – thanks. I guess I will stick with rumors for now :)

  • Alfred

    That`s cool ! Luck! Where they get this?

  • Joergen

    It the rumor 65% confirmed?.

  • low

    wow, i hope that the appropriate dealer doesnt go belly up for this loss….sad.

    • Neil

      That’s what business insurance is for.

  • Anonymous

    it’s weird that they took 8 cameras and four lenses

    • Jeff

      keep in mind they took the highest priced items, They’re not trying to build a kit, just make $$$

      • kkkkk

        well robert white was many other equipment a lot more expencive.. why didn’t they took 12 leicas m8.2 or something lol

      • Anonymous

        i’m just saying its weird that they only took four of each item–don’t you think if they were in it for the money they would take more than what they took?

  • Bonetti

    Where Can I buy any of these equipment ???

    I Would like a D3x with one 14-24 2.8

    hahahaa Just Kidding

  • JP

    Thanks for the info.

  • citizenjoe

    Everyone knows the serial numbers would be hot, so they likely planned this well in advance. I don’t think they’re going to ‘try’ and sell them, as they likely already had a ‘buyer’ or more likely someone who contracted the theft. The equipment is likely intended for smuggling to a part of the world where the serial numbers don’t matter so much, say, as in a country who does not cooperate with the West, but still could use the goods (I’ll let everyone else speculate where that could be). One could only hope that a scanner of sorts might catch an attempt to smuggle them out of a country, but likely the borders are still too porous. With such expensive devices, once the serial numbers were known to be stolen, it would be nice if they had a built-in satellite activated homing/beacon signal that be picked up or tracked. It would be much easier to find them that way (of course the lenses might be more difficult if they went separate ways, but with camera bodies, the GPS technology is almost to the point of being able to do that now. It would also be nice if a secondary trace method of putting an encrypted ‘Camera Serial Number Tag’ in the files the camera produces (aside from the easily removable meta-data), which, once a photo was ever transferred over the internet it could likely trigger an alert if specialized viewing software was used. Did I also mention that camera gear this expensive should brew beer and make coffee?

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      GPS tracking is a mixed blessing. The term big brother comes to mind.

  • Nicky Nikon

    It does say ‘stolen’ and ‘victim of fraud’, could be a credit card scam and not actually breaking in to the shop, taking the stuff away. Very suspicious, insurance job?

    • Nicky Nikon

      Call Robert Whites and tell them they are idiots for falling this this simple con trick.

      Additional info on this site today.

  • MIKE

    I buy it. Contact me ;)

  • funny

    oh man. look at all that. the best dslrs and the best UWA zoom lens all in neat stacks. whoever pulled this off has taste.

  • Joe

    D3X or honesty and integrity and chivalry and morality… I choose D3X

  • LOL

    thats why you have insurance. who cares. this stuff happens all the time. as long as no one gets hurt. who gives a sh*t,

    • rob

      i guess being ignorant and stupid is cool these days?

      • funny

        chill man. compared to all the bad stuff going in the world today, a few lenses and cameras stolen aren’t worth getting all worked up for.

  • Steve

    That’s REALLY unfortunate!
    But an impressive list of stolen goods, I must admit.
    D3x, D3, 14-24…

    I suppose I will move up from my D5000 when start to earn my own money.

  • Tomas

    They could probably replace the serial numbers. It must be doable.

  • http://www.ivanlo.com Ivan Lo

    as long as we’re posting serial numbers of stolen equipment, please also be on the lookout for the following :P

    Nikon D200 – 3093098
    Nikkor 18-200mm – US2010205

  • Archer

    Regarding setting up stolen goods registry, there are such similar sites too elsewhere, one of them is here, a site in Malaysia. The link

    http://www.photomalaysia.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9548&highlight=stolen+gear+serials

  • http://www.edbuziak.workzsites.com/home.html Ed Buziak

    The serial #s for those stolen 14~24 lenses are in excess of 60,000 greater than the number on mine which I bought last year (also) from Robert White in the UK… Nikon are sure assembling those hunks of glass in big numbers!

  • http://www.theme-concepts.com Cyberimage

    Thanks for the post…. Lets hope that a keen eyed NR reader will see on of these items and aid in the busting of the thieves.
    Just an idea… make a permanent page with stolen serial numbers

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