Before NBA Finals, TV crew has $40K in items stolen from van

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Stephen Curry and the Warriors warm up in the Oracle Arena but just across the Interstate a TV crew has its van broken into and equipment stolen.

As the Cavaliers try to steal Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland against Golden State Thursday night, a TV crew already was victimized by thieves.

According to a report on, three men working for NBA Entertainment went inside an East Oakland Panda Express for lunch about 2 p.m. and came out 20 minutes later to find a window of their van smashed and over $ 40,000 in equipment stolen.

At least five laptops, camera equipment, cell phones and personal belongings were lifted from the van, which was parked across Interstate 880 from the Oracle Area, home of the Warriors, in East Oakland, according to the report.

The shopping center has long been a target for car burglaries, the report says, and police plan to increase their presence there during the NBA Finals.

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