A female KTVU reporter and her cameraman were robbed of their equipment early Wednesday morning outside a doughnut shop in Hayward, marking the umpteenth time an incident like this has happened in the past three years. The correspondent was Tara Moriarty, and around 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, just after finishing a live shoot outside World's Fare Donuts, she and cameraman Keith Crook were approached by two men who immediately knocked Crook to the ground, as KTVU reports. They snatched the camera and other equipment and fled.
Thankfully neither Moriarty or Crook was injured.
As the Chronicle adds, Moriarty's live report yesterday had been about the growing Powerball jackpot, which is approaching $500 million.
It turns out the camera had a cellular tracking device in it, part of the technology used for live broadcasting, and they were able to watch as the stolen stuff went northbound on Highway 880, across the Bay Bridge, and into SF's Mission Terrace neighborhood.
Police are still investigating, and no arrests have been made.
The "trend" of TV news crews getting robbed and/or roughed up has been going on for a while now, with a wave of such incidents happening in Oakland in 2012, and an attempted robbery of a crew in SF's Bayview district in 2013. There is a black market for this high-tech equipment, and the New York Times earlier reported that hauls of the primo stuff could even sell for as much as $50,000.
KTVU crews have, in fact, been robbed in Oakland multiple times in several years, as have crews from KPIX/CBS 5, and KNTV/NBC. The incidents led to the practice of bringing armed security along for such live shoots, which obviously wasn't the case here.