An NBC Bay Area news crew was in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood on Saturday night.
Then two people stopped in a Lexus, San Francisco police said, claiming they were brandishing a gun under their clothes. They asked the crew to surrender their cameras and sped away. None of the crew members were injured.
Authorities then tracked down the car involved in the robbery – the news crew had saved the license plate – and arrested two people, a 20-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy. They were later released pending a police investigation.
The officers also tracked a white Honda in connection with the robbery. They found the professional camera in the back seat through the windshield – and a camera that was involved in a separate robbery that day on the mission, police said. The inmates, 18-year-old Ronnell Johnson and 20-year-old Romell Boyland, were arrested.
Johnson was arrested on suspicion of robbery, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Boyland was also charged with the same as well as parole violation in a previously aggravated assault case.
The camera was later returned to the crew.
NBC Bay Area did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE.
The Bay City News Service contributed to this report.