Stealing a video camera from a live broadcast set-up is tricky enough in the best of times.
Swiping it while other cameras are running is a boner.
But a young German man apparently didn’t know he was being recorded when he stole a video camera in Sunday’s MTR Hong Kong Race Walking event in Central.
The camera, worth about HK$700,000 (US$90,320), was one of 10 set up in Murray Road near Chater Garden for a live broadcast.
The crew reported it missing shortly before the race began.
The suspect, a 23-year-old German, was unaware he was starring in his own crime show, Ming Pao Daily reports.
He is seen walking in front of the equipment before disappearing for about five minutes.
The man is next shown unplugging the camera and taking it away, along with a tripod.
While the police were looking for him, the production company that owns the camera said it received an e-mail from someone purporting to be the culprit.
The man said he was drunk. He apologized and promised to return the camera.
Officers later arrested the suspect in his Bowrington Road flat in Wan Chai and recovered the equipment intact.
The man has been in Hong Kong for three weeks and works in a trading company, according to the police.
An MTR spokesman said the stolen camera belongs to an outsourcing production company hired by Hong Kong Cable Television Ltd.
Barrister Albert Luk said theft is subject to criminal prosecution even if the stolen item is returned.
Expressing remorse might help reduce the punishment, he said.
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