At Rio 2016 Olympic Games, An Australian photographer’s $40,000 of camera gear stolen from him in a cafe by a sting led by a woman

{By Frank Coletta for Daily Mail Australia}

Australian photographer Brett Costello (pictured) covering the Rio Olympics has had $40,000 worth of camera gear snatched by thieves when he was distracted by a woman in a cafe
Australian photographer Brett Costello (pictured) covering the Rio Olympics has had $40,000 worth of camera gear snatched by thieves when he was distracted by a woman in a cafe

Brett Costello became the latest robbery victim when his equipment disappeared from view in seconds.

He told the Daily Telegraph a woman distracted him when she appeared to be asking for help and her accomplices swooped when he wasn’t looking.

‘I’m gutted and I feel stupid that I wasn’t wise to their plan,’ Costello told the publication.

‘No one saw a thing, I couldn’t believe it, I was later told there was a getaway car outside. They work in numbers and they’re good at what they do unfortunately.’

Costello reported the theft to local police but conceded his gear would most likely never be recovered.

It comes just days after Brazilian firemen stole Zika-protective shirts from Australia’s residence during an evacuation, when a laptop was also pinched and other computer equipment rifled through. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: Daily Mail UK

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