Floreat photographer BK, as he wanted to be known, said there had been quite a few people around Marine Parade where they had parked.
‘I thought it was quite a safe and popular area so there wasn’t the threat of someone looking in the car,’ he said.
He and his bodybuilding model parked their cars opposite the Sea View Golf Club at about 7.15am. Police believe the thieves struck between 7.45am and 8am.
A credit card in a handbag stolen from the model’s car was later used in a fraud at a North Perth service station at 9.17am.
BK said it was possible the thieves saw him cleaning some of his equipment on the front seat of his white Toyota Landcruiser before he and the model went for their shoot on the beach between the Isolators and The Cove surf breaks.
The lock on the driver’s side of the Landcruiser was taken out. The thieves took a green camera bag containing the equipment from the back of the vehicle, while the model’s black Mazda 3 had its rear window smashed when her handbag was taken.
The thieves’ haul included two Canon 4D camera bodies, a Pentax K7 camera and its lens, five other lenses, two flashes and laser lights.
Cottesloe Senior Sergeant Steve Dawson said thefts at the foreshore were a recurring issue and people should only take the most necessary items for beach trips.
‘On Anzac Day the area opposite the golf course was being used heavily by surfers and runners early that morning and if anyone saw anyone or a vehicle acting suspiciously they should call us or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,’ he said.
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