Suspected Thief Caught Trying To Enter Olympic Media Area

By RVNA In Articles August 8, 2017

As a photographer, it is essential to always keep an eye on your gear when traveling because even the most seasoned photographers can become victims of theft.

Just last week, News Corp photographer Brett Costello was the victim of a robbery where over $40,000 of his camera gear was stolen at a cafe in Rio while he was there covering many of the 2016 Rio Olympics. But in a bizarre turn of events, Yahoo Sports reported that while Costello was entering Sambodromo stadium for the men’s archery competition, he noticed another man entering behind him wearing an official photo vest.

But not just any vest: Costello’s stolen photo vest.

Here is a video of what ensued following Costello’s recognition of his stolen vest:

While Costello likely helped prevent many other photographers from losing their equipment, there is unfortunately no word on whether Costello has recovered any of the $40,000 equipment he lost.

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