By Tori Cooper
ATLANTE (WGCL) – A pair of thieves were caught on camera stealing more than $100,000 worth of production equipment from a small, family-run media production company in Atlanta on Thursday.
As Charlene Salter-Legend and her husband Karlief Legend slept on Thursday, they said a group of young men robbed their business “The ATL Plug.”
“He immediately said something was up with the alarm and I woke up saying oh my god they’re stealing from us,” Charlene said.
The Legends said around 5 a.m. Thursday morning that their ADT Security cameras caught a group of four people breaking into their media production studio, which they launched last year at the start of the pandemic.
“It was a gray loader and it pulled in and out four guys, they each had a crowbar in their hand,” Charlene said.
The Legends said they opened “The ATL Plug” to create a space to connect and empower young digital creators in Atlanta’s media scene.
Over the past year, their business has flourished, serving the community, celebrities and big business ventures.
“Serving the community and making sure small business owners and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to create great content is what we really care about because businesses are struggling right now. We have also a partnership with Dekalb County and Atlanta Public Schools to put cameras and equipment in the hands of children.We have an internship program where we have helped students participate in filming of great movies and some Tyler Perry movies.
However, their cameras weren’t the only thing taken from them: “We lost over a hundred thousand dollars in camera equipment, lighting and audio equipment.”
Now, the legends tell CBS46 that the majority of their operation has been unplugged from the Atlanta community they love, “That was probably the worst thing that happened to us this holiday weekend.”
The legends go back to the drawing board trying to piece together a way forward for their family business.
If you have any information regarding who was responsible for the theft of the equipment, be sure to contact APD Crime Stops.
If you want to help the legends with their rebuild, you can visit their GoFundMe page.
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