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TMZ Gets Jacked -- Camera Thief Busted on Tape

2/12/2010 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

This footage is frickin' insane!!!

Stolen camera: Click to watch
Some dude with a pair of brass cojones pulled a classic snatch-and-grab on a TMZ camera Thursday -- and it all went down right in front of an L.A. courthouse!!!

Our camera guy was shooting Dennis Hopper's lawyer when some crook snuck up from behind and yanked the camera right out of our guy's hand while the camera was rolling.

The camera recorded the whole thing as the scumbag went sprinting through a parking lot ... and ultimately ran right into another TMZ cameraman.

The perp panicked and put down the camera but continued to book it down the street on foot until he was long gone.

The whole thing was insane -- but if you recognize ol' Shifty Stickyfingers over there, call the police, stat.

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All your base are belong to us    

Y-A-W-N!

You call this insane?

Have you seen COPS?

The funniest thing about this was the guy telling the cops on the phone that he was attacked. For this, not even Jessica Simpson would say she was 'attacked.' It was a mugging with no weapon.

And the guy was a pro... non-panicked... he ran with a fairly consistent pace and rhythm. That definitely wasn't his first time. His running rhythm was like he just took candy from a kid.


How come the camera guy was so far behind him? Oh yeah... calling the police. Maybe that's the right thing to do in gun country.

1628 days ago
17.

J C    

Patrick Kennedy not seeking Reelection in Rhode Island .Another victim of Obama,Reid and Pelosi.

1628 days ago
18.

Harvey.    

Hahahahaha You guys got Punked by DATA from the Goonies!!! ahahahaha

1628 days ago
19.

J C    

He must have been a democrat with entitlement issues.
Republicans aren't street thugs.
All those drug addicts,perverts, petty criminals and whiners are all Dems.
Kick em out in 2010.

1628 days ago
20.

aly    

Flipping thru channels the other day and watched 5 minutes of tmz on tv and saw 2 gorgeous blondes. Got on here to see if the names of the staff were listed here and saw this story..It shows the absolute harassment of people to the letter. tmz cameraman gets camera stolen and perp bumps into ANOTHER tmz cameraman.

1628 days ago
21.

Derek    

Good for that guy; too bad he didn't pull it off.

1628 days ago
22.

AzraelDKF    

Too bad he didn't get away with it, that would be some karma for all the douchebag questions you bother people with, it would be nice to see this happen all the time to your paparazzi

1628 days ago
23.

lin    

Well pluck my chicken and call it bald! What the hell did this guy think he was doing? TMZ is everywhere. Actually TMZ is the new BIG BROTHER for celebritys. This guy is going to get caught in the worst way.

coolcrappystuff.com

1628 days ago
24.

TMZBoy    

...and there you have it, the state of today's youth.

1628 days ago
25.

johnny    

that kid is not mexican! he looks like sean malto!

1628 days ago
26.

Icebaby    

Enough you racists. Maybe hitler is very proud of you down in hell. But damn TMZ is pissed!

1628 days ago
27.

Icebaby    

Yesterday In the news, a white guy was charge for raping his own daughter.

1628 days ago
28.

Bobo Frog    

By the way, the TMZ pap sounded like a real vagina when calling the cops.

"I need an office on first and grand for possible theft...and somebody attacking me..."

Yeah, exaggerate much. And what the hell is possible theft? It's either theft or it isn't...you histrionic tampon.

1628 days ago
29.

IRS    

Vuelves a mexico, por favor.

1628 days ago
30.

Rob    

Totally staged!

1628 days ago
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