South Lake Union

Police: Camera store employee dragged 75 feet behind thieves' car

SEATTLE -- A camera shop employee was dragged 75 feet down a South Lake Union street while trying to recover an expensive digital movie camera from a pair of thieves June 12, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, two men "dressed neatly in fashionable hip-hop-style clothing" came into Glazer's Camera around 4:30 p.m. One of the men, who came in with a camera he said he lost the bag to, told an employee he wanted to look at a Canon C-100.

The employee took the camera, which sells for $6,500, out of a display case with a $4,950 lens attached to it. While the man looked at the camera, the other man went to the store's foyer to make a phone call, according to the report.

After asking a few questions and demonstrating some knowledge about the camera, the man asked about an accessory for it. But, when the employee went to get the accessory, the man walked quickly out the front door, according to the report.

The two men reportedly got into a black Mazda hatchback parked on the street. But, before they could drive off an employee grabbed the passenger-side door and forced it back open.

While the employee held the door open, a second employee grabbed the stolen camera from between the front seats and wrestled over it with the two men, according to the report. During the struggle, the camera's microphone attachment flew off into the street and was run over.

According to the report, the men drove off while the employee was still hanging out of the passenger doors. After being dragged 75 feet down Republican Street, the employee let go, rolling several times and cutting his elbows and shoulder.

The store has surveillance cameras, but they were not working at the time of the robbery. However, a Canon representative who happened to be at the store was able to get the license plate number of the Mazda.

The employee who had been dragged told officers there was either a child or a small woman wearing a floral print in the backseat of the Mazda. The employee who forced the Mazda's door open said he aggravated an old knee injury by doing so.