World-renowned photographer robbed twice while in Detroit

Christopher MOrris

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World-renowned photojournalist Christopher Morris, who has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Chechnya and¬†Yugoslavia, was robbed of $15,000 in camera equipment on Detroit’s east side Wednesday afternoon.

Deadline Detroit reports that Morris was on assignment at Connor and Mack when thieves stole camera equipment and an iPhone from his car while he was across the street for a camera shoot.

“Then I heard the glass shatter,” the Florida resident told Deadline Detroit. “There were three guys at the car. They took off with my bag and a camera and the iPhone.”

Then a man approached him and said he could retrieve the stolen belongings for $200. The man took the money and never returned.

Using an iPhone app, Morris tracked his phone to a house on Algonquin near Waveny. But police said they were unable to do anything without more evidence.

He asked for help on Facebook.

“Was robbed of all my gear today while shooting in Detroit,” Morris posted.” Chased them to an area witnesses helped me id the house. Just did the find iphone via icloud. shows exact house witnesses saw my gear taken into. Detroit police say can’t do anything without a warrant. Anyone know anybody in Detroit police to help.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.