A video on YouTube is slowly going viral, because it purports to show a man filming his own pickpocketing with his GoPro hoisted high in the air on a selfie stick.
According to Yahoo!, Diego Miño went to mass in Ecuador to see the pope and capture a bunch of video footage via the crowd, using his GoPro on a selfie stick whilst his phone resided in his pocket. It was a very crowded mass, with what is estimated at being a crowd of up to one million people in attendance. In the video, Diego can be seen navigating through the massive crowd with his selfie stick in the air. Another man can be seen running nearby, constantly entering the frame of the video.
The YouTube video eventually slows down the action — having been edited to show what the Ecuadorian drummer says was the moment Miño was pickpocketed by the other man. Published to YouTube on July 9, the video has grown to nearly 30,000 views in that time.
“A man has unwittingly filmed the moment he was robbed by pickpockets while walking through crowds during Pope Francis’ recent visit to Ecuador.”
Perhaps it was the GoPro itself that attracted the alleged thief (or thieves, as it were, since the video shows two potential men as thieves) to Miño in the first place. One man constantly stalks him through the crowd, eventually catching up close enough to take something from Diego’s pocket. Miño reported that his cell phone had been stolen from his pocket during his time at mass — and reviewing the footage means he believes he’s found the culprit. After walking away from the victim of his alleged theft, the man does glance upward at the GoPro, as if to wonder what it is and if the contraption has perhaps caught him on tape.
Therefore, not only might the GoPro have attracted the thieves in the first place, believing Diego to be distracted and the type of guy who carries valuables, but the GoPro also represents a tool to help provide proof to police. It isn’t the first time that a GoPro has caught a theft on camera, and left the thieves wondering about the weird looking thing on their victim’s head or helmets.
As reported by the Inquisitr, GoPro recently announced a version of their GoPro devices that aren’t as heavy and are smaller, making it one of the best times to go for the GoPro anthem to “be a hero!”
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