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DC News Crew Robbed While Reporting on 'Sketchy' Neighborhoods

By    |   Monday, 11 Aug 2014 07:16 AM

A Washington, D.C., news crew was robbed last week while, ironically, reporting on an app that alerts users to "sketchy" or possibly unsafe neighborhoods.

A team of photojournalists, reporters, and interns from CBS affiliate WUSA9 ventured out Friday in their news van, following the app's directions to the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest, D.C. They got out, locked the vehicle, and went to interview some residents.

When they returned, they saw that the lock on the van had been popped out and that some of their gear and personal items, including one woman's purse and cell phone, were missing.

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"I'm not going to call it a ‘sketchy’ neighborhood, but as folks were telling us that it was a good neighborhood, and that not much activity happens around there — as that was being told to us, our van was being robbed," WUSA9 crewmember Mola Lenghi later told the network.

The news crew filed a police report and then used the app "Find My iPhone" to track the missing cell phone. The pings led them to a Dumpster a few neighborhoods over where they were able to recover some of the stolen items, according to the network's website.

Though the WUSA9 crew did not specify which app they were reporting on at the time of the robbery, many media outlets are claiming it was SketchFactor. The newest crowdsourced app, which compiles user experiences to navigate "safe" routes, has been getting a lot of flak since it dropped in the app store last week, with some even calling it racist.

"Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined?" Gawker's Sam Biddle wrote on his ValleyWag blog Thursday. "I ask because the two enterprising white entrepreneurs above just made yet another app for avoiding non-white areas of your town — and it’s really taking off!"

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A Washington, D.C., news crew was robbed last week while, ironically, reporting on an app that alerts users to "sketchy" or possibly unsafe neighborhoods.
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