Pickpockets strike at Governors Ball + more pictures from Saturday
Pickpockets at music festivals are a problem. At this year’s Coachella, a New York man was found with over 100 phones in a backpack. Governors Ball, which wrapped up on Sunday, wasn’t immune, either. Despite heavy security presence, DNA Info says that attendees reported over $13k in stolen property, mostly in the form of cellphones and cameras. They go on to detail some of the police reports that were filed:
A 23-year-old man told police that he was walking through a crowd of people wearing a backpack on June 2 around 10 p.m. and later found that it had been unzipped and looted of a Canon camera and two camera lenses totaling $7,454, police said.
In several other police reports, unsuspecting victims reported having their cellphones swiped from their pockets, purses and backpacks. The cellphone thefts totaled roughly $6,050, police said.
In one incident, a 19-year-old woman told police when she reached for her handbag to get her iPhone on June 2 around 9:45 p.m., only to notice it was unzipped and her phone missing. In another report, a 20-year-old woman told police a suspect reached into her front pocket on June 3 around 8:20 p.m., removed her iPhone and fled the scene.
A 17-year-old man told police that he went to use the bathroom during the concert and accidentally left his backpack inside. When he returned he saw that his wallet was gone, along with $60 in cash and his credit cards.
We’ve posted lots of pictures from Governors Ball already: Friday HERE and HERE, Saturday HERE (along with a recap), Sunday HERE, and a gallery of the scene from all three days HERE. Above find one more gallery from Saturday, including pictures of Childish Gambino, Phoenix, Mark Ronson vs Kevin Parker, Wu-Tang Clan, Local Natives, The Head and The Heart, YG, Stormzy, and Car Seat Headrest.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum