Stolen Hasselblad Gear Reunited with The Camera Store

  By Evelyn Drake

Within 48 hours of thieves leaving The Camera Store in shambles of shattered glass and robbing us of nearly $35,000 of specialty camera equipment, Constable Tony Hogendorp and Constable Paul Teworte from Calgary Police Service have recovered our stolen Hasselblad equipment. Two suspects were taken into custody outside a Calgary mall Monday afternoon, after meeting an officer who answered a Kijiji listing.

Although the Hasselblad equipment was recovered and returned to The Camera Store, our rare Leica M-P 240 Safari camera worth $13,000 was not recovered.

We are blown away by the diligent work of CPS and the support from our local community and the online photography community around the world. Within minutes of posting the details, the word had spread across social media platforms and nearly every local news outlet reached us to report on the story.

Multiple tips from the public lead Calgary police to the Kijiji listing that helped them recover our equipment and to arrest the two suspects. Once convictions are made, we will contact the person who was first to provide the information to CPS that allowed them to take action quickly, to collect their $5000 shopping spree reward.

We want to sincerely thank everyone who shared, tweeted, and encouraged us through this. The feeling of community and support has been incredible, and we appreciate it. 



Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.