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Beware: That digicam steal might be a literal one!
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(Saturday, January 4, 2003 - 18:40 EST)

A press release from Nikon Germany describes the theft of three pallets of digital cameras from a warehouse on the afternoon of December 21st.

Forwarded to us by our friends at digitalkamera.de, the press release notes that 192 D100 digital SLRs and 100 Coolpix 2500 digital cameras were stolen. Unfortunately, the serial numbers are only known for 107 of the D100 cameras, and none of the Coolpix 2500 serial numbers are known. Whilst the incident happened in Germany, there is every possibility that these cameras could show up for sale anywhere in the world, and we'd ask Imaging Resource readers who see a camera for sale at a suspiciously low price - particularly on online auction sites or private sales - to note the serial number and compare it to the list below.

A contact at Nikon Germany is listed in the release below, and a reward of up to €36,000 is being offered for information that helps locate the stolen cameras (and hopefully bring to justice those behind the crime).

When you think about it, the money for these stolen cameras has to come from somewhere - and at the end of the day, the consumer has to pay for them. Nikon might have been the direct target of the crime, but ultimately the consumer pays the cost. Here's hoping the criminals are caught, and soon!

Original Source Press Release:

Theft from the warehouse of Nikon GmbH
(translated from an original German document, apologies for any translation errors)

On the afternoon of 21/12/2002, thieves stole three pallets of digital cameras from our warehouse. We therefore ask you for assistance in the recovery of the stolen items. Included are 192 Nikon D100 camera bodies and 100 Coolpix 2500s (website edition). In the case of the D100 the serial numbers are partially known, and you can find them below. The serial numbers of the Coolpix 2500s are not registered.

Should Nikon digital cameras of the two types mentioned be offered to you from a non-trustworthy source, then we ask you to contact us. The contact for this affair is our logistics manager,

Mr. Detlef Buschenhofen
Tel. 0211/9414-243
Email detlef.buschenhofen@nikon.de

but naturally you may also contact our other employees. A reward of up to €36,000 is offered for pertinent information. Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely

Jürgen Armborst
Nikon GmbH
Consumer Products
Sales Support

Theft from the warehouse of Nikon GmbH
Known serial numbers for the D100


2114739 2115040 2115424
2114762 2115248 2115434
2114763 2115326 2115539
2114764 2115341 2115541
2114773 2115439 2115542
2114774 2115440 2115650
2115316 2115325 2115652
2115394 2115437 2115666
2115397 2115490 2115667
2115400 2115494 2115669
2115402 2115496 2115674
2116629 2115498 2117074
2115648 2115647 2117076
2115680 2115672 2117078
2115683 2115673 2117079
2115684 2115677 2117081
2115685 2115681 2117109
2115686 2115682 2117268
2115352 2115145 2117270
2115382 2115315 2117272
2115383 2115340 2117302
2115384 2115566 2117305
2115435 2115567 2117309
2115447 2115568 2117189
2115105 2115142 2117206
2115176 2115293 2117207
2115387 2115312 2117222
2115387 2115312 2117222
2115396 2115317 2117230
2115413 2115318 2117234
2115423 2115323 -

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