OAKLAND -- A television news van was broken into Tuesday afternoon near Jack London Square, police said.

Police said the thieves took personal items from the KGO-TV van that was parked at 2nd and Clay streets about 12:30 p.m., but no camera equipment was reported stolen. The crew was working on a story nearby when the thieves struck.

Police said four people sped off in a green Jaguar and no arrests have been made.

Numerous television and newspaper reporters, photographers and camera people have had equipment stolen from them over the last year, and few arrests have been made in the crimes.

In June 2012, a KTVU Channel 2 news crew doing a live shot in the 5700 block of Redwood Road in the Oakland Hills was robbed. The reporter was sitting in the front of the news van when a suspect opened the door, reached in and stole her laptop and a briefcase off her lap. Police said a suspect simulated a gun in his waistband and stole the cameraman's equipment, which was near the van.

Last May, an NBC television news reporter and a cameraman were on San Pablo Avenue, at 21st Street, doing a story on state budget cuts, when a man ran up to the photographer from behind and swiped a TV camera and tripod before jumping into a car.

An Oakland Tribune photographer was held up at gunpoint twice last year while on assignment.



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