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Soho Leica store looted of $550K in cameras, computers

They like-a Leicas.

Police said looters broke into the Leica store, at 460 West Broadway, on May 31 around 10:15 p.m. They ransacked the place “in a flash,” stealing more than half-a-million dollars worth of high-priced camera gear and other valuables.

According to cops, it started when a man gained entry to the place, between Houston and Prince Sts., by throwing an object through the front door. Once inside, he snatched pricey camera equipment and stuffed it into his backpack. He then fled on a CitiBike southbound on West Broadway.

Police said this guy kicked off the Leica looting, then fled on his getaway vehicle — a CitiBike. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

After the front door was smashed open, another 20 to 25 individuals also entered the shop and removed cameras, computers and checks totaling roughly $550,000.

Another “candid camera” moment as the Leica store was being burglarized, according to police. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Anyone with information should call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

All tips are strictly confidential.

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