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Man grabs photo gear, escapes on bullet bike

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SOUTH SALT LAKE — Maybe next time he'll just ask the business to leave the door unlocked.

Police here were looking Tuesday for a man who stole more than $16,000 worth of camera equipment from Inkley's, 2150 S. State, in broad daylight. In fact the thief was handed the items in an easy-to-carry bag.

A man claiming to be from a Las Vegas production company called Inkley's saying he needed some cameras for a film crew headed to Jackson, Wyo., said South Salt Lake officer Darin Sweeten. The man gave the Inkley's employee a list of things he needed and said he'd swing by later to pick them up.

When the man arrived at the store Saturday, the employees had all the equipment he ordered in a backpack, Sweeten said. The man told employees the person who was going to pay for the cameras was right behind him. In the meantime, he asked if he could try on the backpack, Sweeten said.

That's when the man bolted for the door. A store employee gave chase and was pepper sprayed by the robber, Sweeten said.

The man hopped on a black and white bullet bike and took off, Sweeten said.