September 10, 2013 5:29 pm
Updated: September 11, 2013 12:54 am

Man arrested for camera theft in Stanley Park during wedding ceremony

Suspected thief pictured in the background of a wedding shot.

Courtesy of Martin Gregorian of Butterfly Photography

The Vancouver Police have arrested a man believed to be responsible for the theft of camera gear over the Labour Day weekend in Stanley Park.

Bryan Ball and Julie Wilson had their wedding at Ferguson Point and were surrounded by family and friends, saying their wedding vows, when their photographer noticed his equipment was missing.

Police say the man made off with a camera case containing three lenses.

Ball says they had two separate cameras filming the event and when they went back to check the tape, they realized they got the suspect on camera.

On Tuesday morning, 50-year-old Ahmed Baladie was arrested for the theft after investigators identified Baladie as the suspect caught on video allegedly stealing the equipment, valued at more than $6,000.

However, police are still looking for the stolen equipment, which includes:

  • Canon 400 mm 2.8l camera lens (the original release incorrectly identified the lens as a Canon 1400 mm, and has since been corrected by the VPD)
  • Canon  50 mm 1.2 l camera lens
  • Tamron 90 mm F 2.8 DI camera macro lens (Tamron corrected by Global BC – the original release states ‘Tameron)
  • Pelican camera case 1514

Baladie has been released on a promise to appear with conditions not to be in Stanley Park, pending his next scheduled court appearance on October 21 t at 2 p.m.

© 2013 Shaw Media

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