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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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joey    

Now that is funny. i dont care who you are.

1663 days ago
32.

Heavy    

Calling the police?? You serious!!! Fire this man!!!

1663 days ago
33.

publicity stunt    

Publicity stunt?!

1663 days ago
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VexNoel    

This is classic!! It seemed more like a prank than anything else. If this becomes a trend, not only will TMZ get more hits (a must see), but they would also start cuffing cameras to their wrists....looking like 'special-ed' paparazzis.
"Thief" - you made my day...funny stuff. Your gigante brass ball held you back...I am gonna suggest aerodynamic balls for your next heist. It would be even funnier if you were laughing the entire time you were trying to get away.
Camera guy - You must be a fatass. No more cameras unless you can run, fatass!! "Run fatass, run!" I would love to interview you.

1663 days ago
35.

Thomas    

Hey, is that Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair in the
background??

1663 days ago
36.

Oliver B    

What's with all the racist morons bitching about Mexicans? Does TMZ moderate this in any way? I'm not so sure this should be an open forum for people to spew their hate.

I would also like to agree that the camera man is a real loser for calling 911 about a "possible theft" and "assault". Is it a crime to lie to 911 operators to use the police? There was no assault, but saying that will surely get the police involved.

1663 days ago
37.

agent209t    

No forget that mess. If I see him Ill give him 2 thumbs up.

1663 days ago
38.

Pjhop    

Now that is an exclusive!

1663 days ago
39.

Amy    

TMZ, don't get your panties all in a wad. This crap happens all over the Country. Your guy called the police? Please, they'll never respond ....

1663 days ago
40.

Elvis Twin    

Nice Piece of Hollywood swag. Been worth a thing or two on ebay. Do you guys put the little TMZ signs on the cameras?

1663 days ago
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Elvis Twin    

I have to agree with some of these posters, It was a bit lame for the guy to call the fuzz. I hope you put him on TV just to bust his chops for sounding like a complete Dork.

1663 days ago
42.

maybesomeday    

Shifty Stickyfingers runs pretty fast!

1662 days ago
43.

Eaglewerks    

The cameraman needs to report the mugging / theft to LAPD, contrary to what other dunce-like posters have posted. Firstly, if the camera was damaged or scratched in any way for insurance and continued employment purposes, and secondly perhaps the LAPD will note the thief hanging about other live shots and be able to apprehend him. The cameras are EXPENSIVE to the max and bring good money on the stolen fenced item market.

1662 days ago
44.

Corinna    

Did the TMZ cameraman call the Waaaambulance too?

1662 days ago
45.

Outback Boy    

It's Harvey's long lost son trying desperately to connect with him.

1662 days ago
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