I was robbed of my Canon 50D and new lens which I specially bought for this trip!!!!!:(((((
After finishing our tour at the Hermitage, we had some free time and took a walk along Nevsky Prospekt. We were taking photos along the way, oblivious to our environment. After walking along the road for a while, we had to turn back as our bus would be waiting for us near Hermitage.
Just then, this stupid guy came up to us, wanting to sell some postcards. We tried to shake him off and during the whole process which took less than a minute, I heard something fell and sounds like the lens cover falling off on the ground. This was when we realised that the camera had been stolen. The camera was kept inside a Crumpler camera bag, with 2 clip locks at the side and a velcro opening. We did not feel anything at all during the time the guy was trying to open it. They were no where in sight when we turned, even the guy who tried to sell us the post cards. Looking back, it is as if the incident happened in a split of a second.
We called the guide who wanted to take us to the police station as we were hoping to claim from the insurance. However, we were told that the police station is outside the city and may have to spend a few hours there. We were contemplating as our guide had to lead another tour later in the evening and we did not want to hold her up and also the insurance may not cover much. The whole effort may be in vain.
So, we went to the Metro, hoping that a police post is there. Yes, there is one and guess what, they are not authorised to take any statement and asked us to wait for half and hour for them to deploy an officer from the police station. Half and hour later, he came and the most atrocious reason was given: he did not bring the forms and stamp with him and as such, could not issue any report.! There was nothing we could do.
I think this could happen to anyone and I hope to warn and remind all of you to be extra careful. These people are very professional and there is no way that you can seek remorse. We had traveled to many crime-prone countries and this is the first time we encountered this. Maybe we had taken things for granted.
What I am very sad is the photos. We visited Peterhof, Hermitage and had a city tour the days before and they were all gone!!! Luckily some of our tour mates offerd to send me photos of these places.