WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Our news partners at WUSA-9 had their news van broken into while the crew was reporting a story on a smartphone application that helps people avoid so-called “sketchy” neighborhoods.

A WUSA news crew parked on a street in northwest Washington on Friday night. The crew members say they locked the van and went out to conduct interviews about a new application that alerts users of neighborhoods believed to be dangerous.

WUSA-9 reports that when the crew returned, they discovered the lock popped out of the door and most of their equipment gone.

Crew members used an iPhone feature designed to locate lost phones and traced the gear to garbage cans, where some of it was recovered.

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