A television news reporter was robbed of his camera at gunpoint while conducting interviews about car break-ins in San Francisco, authorities said.

KPIX reporter Don Ford said he was preparing to interview residents Wednesday to respond to a string of thefts in the Twin Peaks area when four men pulled up in a white luxury limousine.

“The car came up here when we were about to do an interview, three guys jumped out,” Ford told the news channel. “One had a gun and put it in my face and said, ‘We’ll take the camera.’

Ford said he focused on staying calm despite the gun pointing at him.

“My whole thought at the moment was’ Be quiet. Let’s not upset this guy. He’s got the gun. Not me. So you take the camera. It’s yours, buddy, ”he said.

The attackers fled with the camera, but the device – which had a tracking chip – was recovered later on Wednesday, police officers said.

No arrests have been announced in connection with the theft.

A wide view of Twins Peak in San FranciscoA wide view of Twins Peak in San FranciscoGetty Images / iStockphoto

City inspector Rafael Mandelman called the incident “ridiculous and unacceptable”.

“We need to properly resource public safety agencies, develop better strategies to stop repeat offenders and make it clear that San Francisco is not a place to commit crimes and put people’s lives at risk with impunity,” he wrote on Twitter.