Film equipment stolen during shooting of Roosevelt High rugby team documentary [The Fresno Bee]
(Fresno Bee, The (CA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 27--A film crew from Los Angeles shooting footage for a documentary about the Roosevelt High School Rugby Club lost $8,000 worth of equipment to thieves who smashed the back window of the crew's rental car.
Two laptops, two high-end digital cameras and a film card were stolen around 10:45 p.m. Friday outside the Dog House Grill in east-central Fresno, Roosevelt High School Principal Bryan Wells said.
Anyone with information about the burglary or stolen items can call Fresno Police Department detective Rudy Montoya at (559) 621-6436; text messages can be sent anonymously to the Roosevelt High School tip line at (559) 549-7470.
A reward is being offered, and no questions will be asked of whoever turns in the equipment or film card, Wells said.
The film card had a couple days worth of footage that can't be replaced, he said.
"It just hurts our souls," Wells said of the stolen equipment and film. "It was a tough blow for the crew who are trying to do something very noble for the young men."
The film crew, Try Productions, scrambled to find a camera Saturday morning so they could shoot a reunion rugby game, Well said. The crew has been working on the film for about a year.
A June 2011 story in The Bee profiled the hardships the team has faced, including poverty and the murder of one teammate.
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