Yesterday around 6.50pm to 7.20pm a camera of mine ended up being part of a theft. We hear people saying “Do not leave your stuff unattended.” Yet, the camera was stolen with myself near the item that was stolen.
It started with myself at first with me in my flat with the double doors open with the laptop on a table just outside my door with me working on my laptop. As I was doing web designing on the laptop, you know brushing up on the html that I haven’t had time for over the years and trying to learn CSS. I also had my camera with me, which I was filming geoengineering throughout the day as well. I put the camera inside the box (that was shield my laptop from the sun, so I could see the what I was doing on the screen).
I go in around 6.50pm to 7.20pm with the double doors still open, I am less than a meter (basically one leg stride for myself) away from my stuff that is outside.
Then two males approach my place yesterday trying to soften me up and asking am I selling my stuff and so on. I was in no mood and I told them straight “No…”, one goes to his flat and the other stays asks myself can I look for a flat for him. (Remember: all this time, the camera was there before the males came). When he left, I went to go and fix some shelves with a hammer that I was going to some extra nails in to make it stronger with the screws ready in. When I look across as my desk, 5-10 minutes later. I notice my camera was gone, so I went across without thinking to put the hammer down. I went over to the section of flats where I saw the two men go and knocked loudly on the green communal doors to enter onto the property of flats.
I start to walk to away and I spotted one of my neighbours that lives in the same block as me, I ask him “Have you see two males? One old chap and one younger chap walking this direction.” He hadn’t, but he did offer to cycle around the place to see if they had gone out and walked off somewhere. As you 5-10 minutes, that is plenty of time to get rid of the camera, or just hide it somewhere, there was no sign of them.
So I started to think it is time to head back to my flat, then I saw the door opening of one of the two males that came to my flat. I went down to him and the other one was inside the flat as well, I told them I am here to clear something up as my camera gone missing “I am here to just narrow down who got my camera. As you two were near my flat today and the camera went missing around the same time, so I am just eliminating possible suspects.”. Younger one was very helpful, he even said “If you would like, I search my flat and you come in while I am doing…” I thought, okay, as that is the only way eliminate. As the days of “Word is my bond” has long gone and it is a shame, that is why there no trust when people steal just to get money (receipts of paper that for real money, “GOLD!”.).
Camera could not be anywhere to be seen, but there was two places that was not checked, in the pockets of the beings. I was left with one thing to do, that was to call the Police.
Any I phoned the police twice, the first policeman (I know they prefer to be officers these days) was very helpful and tried his best to get to the bottom of it all. When I first phoned I couldn’t remember the camera model was, because I was pissed-off with what had just happened. I told the Police everything, then when I put the phone down, I kept saying to myself “Is it SDC Samsung?” So I went into the back to see if I had the box, yes the box was still there. So I phoned the police back and a Policewoman answered and tried to get me to phone 101, I found it strange to update the information, otherwise the Police will be looking for the wrong camera and probably would come back saying “You wasted Police time, and why didn’t you tell us it was a Panasonic HDC-SD80 camera and not Samsung one you told us?” That’s the reason why I had to make sure all the information and facts was put in place.
I have done posters, which are going up after I done this piece. The thing with the camera, I bought it through money I had off the family over Xmas back in 2012 and I have been using it to film many films to spread awareness to the public with the videos I record uploaded to my youtube channel “Yxantent”. I was going to use the camera to film Pontarddulais carnival again this year, as I missed last year one due to illness, but I have filmed previous ones with another camera I got. Which the camera I have left with these days is only good for taking pictures but poor for filming.
So I have had to order a new one, I hope it comes before the carnival and I can continue filming as well spreading awareness to keep the Wales and UK safe.
Also, when I went back and told them the police might want to have words with them when they come. I told them that I’ve been across and said it looks like it is not there, but it just to ask few questions just in case they see something to let them know. I notice the body language on both and if you are innocent, you don’t have a guilty look on your faces like you just done something wrong.
Update: I phoned the police on 101 and was told they are coming today (14/06/2014), one will see what they make of it all.