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LensProToGo Victim of Theft – $500k in Gear Stolen

By Hanssie on June 15th 2015

lensprotogoThis morning, LensProToGo, popular camera gear rental company, arrived at their offices in Concord, Massachusetts to find that “a skilled team” of thieves had broken in and had stolen an estimated $500,000 worth of gear.

According to a press release on their blog, employees arrived at work this morning to find that a window had been smashed and a hole made in the wall, allowing the thieves to access and take Canon, Nikon and Sony gear. According to a report on Fstoppers, access was gained through a storage closet and the thieves cut through a wall to the shipping department. Thankfully, much of the gear was out on rentals, and the company has reassured their customers that they will be working with their partners to fulfill all orders.

The company also assures their customers that no computers or data were stolen, as the thieves seemed focused solely on gear. LensProToGo is currently compiling and will post a list of the gear stolen, as well as the serial numbers on their site. If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact:

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  2. Austin Swenson

    Yeah they must have known what they were doing if they took all the expensive stuff, holy crap

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  3. Jesper Ek

    What a shame! I hope the are well insured!

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    • Thomas Horton

      Even if they were, it may take many many months before the insurance company stops dragging their feet and pay out.

      This a great blow to the company and they will have a struggle recovering.

      If I were in a renting mood, I would try to rent as much as I could from this company until they get back on their feet.

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  4. Chuck Eggen

    Whoever stole the equipment knew what they were doing. That said, I’m sure you won’t find any of the gear here in the US. It’s probably already in a container heading out of country.

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  5. Thomas Horton

    No alarm systems?

    How about security cameras? I would hope that a photography rental company storing that much expensive gear would have video surveillance systems.

    Terrible thing to have happen. People suck.

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    • Peter Nord

      Not just security cameras. My factory had a service that monitored water flow in the sprinkler system, presence sensing for movement in the building (used to get the occasional call in the middle of the night of a bird flying around), sound monitoring-voice activation, as well as door and window alarms. Hard to understand that a place with high value inventory wouldn’t use some similar kind of service.

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    • Thomas Horton

      I can only presume it was a matter of cost savings. I would not imagine that a lens rental place is exactly high profit.

      Perhaps what they “saved” in not purchasing these security equipment/services will pale in comparison to the financial loss/insurance costs.

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  6. Doug Davis

    That’s horrible. Whose their biggest competitor? Just wondering…

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  7. Robert Eilers

    So basically they took a couple lenses? Kidding. Just goes to show the need for insurance on your gear.

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  8. Mike Frederick

    Hopefully the theives will be quickly caught and fully prosecute.

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  9. Richard Hammer

    I’ve rented from these folks a number of times and have always been happy with the service. Very sorry to hear this news.

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