A news crew was robbed in DC while working on a story about an app that alerts people of "sketchy" neighborhoods.

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Typically news crews are reporting on these sorts of incidents, but on Friday a WUSA9 crew was robbed.

Ironically, the robbery occurred while the crew was working on a story about an app that alerts people of "sketchy" neighborhoods.

The crew had locked their news van on a street in Petworth in Northwest, D.C. while they were out in the neighborhood conducting interviews. When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of their news van, and that the most of the crew's gear had been stolen.

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Among the many stolen articles was the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti.

Bisciotti's cell phone was in her purse, and that ended up being a lucky break for the crew. Using the "Find my iPhone' application the crew was able to track the phone. After filing a police report the crew tracked the phone to dumpsters in another D.C. neighborhood.

The crew was able to recover some of the stolen items from the dumpsters. The entire crew returned to WUSA9's broadcast house unharmed.

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