Bieber Bodyguard Arrested After Photographer's Camera Stolen

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 10:10 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Justin Bieber's bodyguard has been arrested for having allegedly stolen a photographer's camera after the paparazzi had snapped a few photos of the troubled pop star at an arcade in Sandy Springs, Ga.

According to a police report, photographer Jason Winslow was parked outside the Sandy Springs Funhouse family entertainment complex on Tuesday when security guard Hugo Hesny told him to leave, the Associated Press reported.

Winslow apparently relocated after the warning but continued to shoot photos of Bieber from a distance, leading to Hesny giving chase and eventually catching up with him at his car, where he allegedly took Winslow's camera and drove away with it, the photographer told police.

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Police later caught up with Hesny in his Cadillac Escalade. The security guard admitted to having chased the photographer but said he never took his camera.

Authorities were unable to find the stolen camera after searching the Hesny's vehicle, leading Winslow to reportedly suggest to police that it had been tucked away in the other Escalade that was in Bieber's entourage.

After locating the other Escalade police reportedly found both the stolen camera and a small amount of marijuana along with two large, glass pipes inside the vehicle. Despite recovering the drug paraphernalia, police decided not to charge anyone in Bieber's party with drug possession.

According to a police report, only after police presented Hesny with the stolen camera did he admit to have taken it, the AP reported.

The 32-year-old Hesny, along with Bieber's driver, 49-year-old Terrance Johnson, were subsequently arrested and charged with felony theft of the camera, estimated to be worth $10,000, CNN reported.

The driver was subsequently released and the charges were dropped. Hesny was held on $15,000 bond, according to Fulton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan.

According to police, Bieber was not outside at the time of the incident and was not part of the argument.

Hesny also faces a battery charge in South Florida, after having allegedly grabbed a photographer by the neck and pushed him outside The Hit Factory recording studio in Miami in June, according to the AP.

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