Matt Osbourne, who along with Gordon Szeto owns Glass Key Photo at 442 Haight Street, admits to being confused by a robbery at his store. The methods aren't so surprising: They "smashed in the front doors, and then smashed all our display cases and grabbed everything they could grab," Osbourne tells SFist.
The twist? While "every camera store in the city gets hit over and over," according to Osbourne, Glass Key is a little different. They're a film camera shop, which he suspects the robbers weren't aware of.
"They didn't know they were hitting up the dumb one that has film cameras," he says self-deprecatingly. "Whoever did this is not the brightest," he added, "we can't even get people to buy this stuff."
Now, Osbourne and Szeto will reach out to other camera stores across the city to see if the thief or thieves attempt to resell their haul. But in the end, Osbourne says, it could have been far worse. "One of the things that was so ironic to me is we had a clearance sale going on, with stuff we were ready to drop off at a thrift store. They spent most of their time clearing that stuff out."
Osbourne and Szeto are still surveying the damage and plan to remodel and recover from the break-in.