The power of the Internet to bring people to justice never ceases to amaze.
Little did some camera thieves in Calgary, Canada know that they would become the focus of a social media and Internet-led hunt for them after they robbed an iconic store beloved by many Canadian photographers.
Thieves stole over $USD 12,000 worth of equipment from The Camera Store last weekend.
Thanks to help from the community online through social media, the thieves were apprehended by police who led a sting operation at a Calgary Mall while posing as interested buyers of the stolen equipment according to a report from The Calgary Herald. This was after the stolen merchandise showed up on an online market.
Calgary Sergeant Lee Dunbar acted on tips from the public that spotted the merch on online buy-and-sell site Kijiji.
Among the gear stolen was a Hasselblad X1D. When questioned about it, the thieves offered the seller lenses and other accessories that matched the descriptions The Camera Store had given police.