Leica Store Lootings

Jun 17, 2020  By Richard Rejino

Dear LHSA members and friends,

As you may have heard, three Leica Stores in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York were broken into and items were looted during the recent protests. In addition,  long-term Leica Dealers like Central Camera in Chicago and Service Photo Supply in Baltimore were also looted. 

Our thoughts go out to all who were impacted, including Don Flesch of Central Camera, which was opened 121 years ago, and Eli Kurland of Leica Store NY (SOHO) who has been involved in Leica sales for decades.

Leica Camera US is working with dealers to compile a list of serial numbers of equipment stolen.  Police reports and other documentation are in process, but no list is available yet.    Leica Camera will flag all stolen items in its system and the police will be notified if any item is sent into Customer Care for repair.  When and if Leica makes available a list of serial numbers, we will post it here.

If you are offered Leica merchandise (new or used) by a seller unknown to you, it is a good idea to ask for documentation like a receipt before proceeding with any transaction.  And of course, if you are offered a deal that appears “too good to be true,” it very well may be too good to be true and you should be especially careful, lest you buy stolen goods.

Thank you,

LHSA – The International Leica Society

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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