TV Crew Tests App Identifying ‘Sketchy’ Neighborhoods And Is Promptly Robbed
Someone over at WUSA TV, Washington D. C., thought it would be a good idea to send a news van and crew around the city to test out a new iPhone App which claims to identify sketchy neighborhoods. So reporter Mola Lehghi dutifully drove with his team to the N.W. part of the city and went to work.
After being assured by local residents that Petworth was a good, quiet neighborhood, they returned to find their van had been ransacked. The reporter and crew were uninjured and thanks to the “Find My iPhone” app on the one devise not taken, they were eventually able to recover most of their gear.
The crew had locked their news van on a street in Petworth in Northwest, D.C. while they were out in the neighborhood conducting interviews. When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of their news van, and that the most of the crew’s gear had been stolen. Among the many stolen articles was the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti.