OAKLAND -- Police said some of the equipment stolen from a KTVU news van parked in West Oakland Thursday has been recovered.

Police spokesman Johnna Watson said everything except a men's wallet and one laptop was recovered a few blocks from the crime scene.

A KTVU representative said a purse and two laptops are still missing.

The station's van was parked in the 3300 block of Market Street shortly before noon Thursday to do a story on the unveiling and dedication of a traveling mural, organized by the nonprofit Attitudinal Healing Connection, police said.

Thursday was the third time photographers covering an event by the nonprofit had equipment stolen while on assignment. Representatives from the nonprofit expressed sorrow for the thefts.

Police said the Channel 2 news crews were not in the van at the time. No one was injured.

News photographers and reporters have been robbed and burglarized so many times since last spring that some stations are sending armed guards with media crews covering stories in Oakland.

Reach Kristin J. Bender at kbender@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.



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