A photographer lost his expensive video while shooting Veterans Day ceremonies this weekend.
As an Air Force veteran himself, Seth Bendfeldt was trying to put the pieces together and figure out where his camera went on a day that's sacred to him.
Bendfeldt said he started taking photos in 1960. He was just a teenager at the time and was stationed in Maine as part of the United States Air Force.
"I took my first pictures in Limestone, Maine,” Bendfeldt said. “I even tried to develop them."
From there on, Bendfeldt said this hobby quickly transformed into a passion.
Bendfeldt is a freelance photographer and he spent this past Friday covering Veterans Day events. One of the events was a ceremony at Mohegan Sun.
"When I came out, I didn't have my video camera,” Bendfeldt said. “I looked in my bag, it wasn't there and it wasn't in the car."
But, at some point, while he was inside of the casino, Bendfeldt said his Sony video camera mysteriously vanished. It's unclear if he misplaced it or if it was stolen.
"And on Veterans Day, if his camera was lifted, it's just sad,” Seth's wife Melissa Bendfeldt said.
Both Bendfeldts fought back tears as they thought of the hundreds of photos lost.
Now, the community is coming together to help him replace the missing camera.
A GoFundMe page has been created by one of Seth's friends to raise money, in order to replace the camera.
So far, more than $1,000 have been donated to the cause.
"That's a priority because he's gotta do it,” Melissa Bendfeldt said. “Ya know what I mean? We're not promised tomorrow, so he has to continue to do what he loves."
Mohegan Sun has been working closely with Seth Bendfeldt. A spokesperson for the casino released a statement to Eyewitness News on Monday.
"Mohegan Sun takes this unfortunate incident very seriously. An incident report has been filed and Mohegan Sun's Tribal Safety team plans to be in contact with Mr. Bendfeldt regarding the lost property. Mohegan Sun's PR staff will reach out separately as well, to offer any additional assistance they can."
Casino officials were closely reviewing surveillance video and trying to piece together what happened.
Until then, Seth Bendfeldt he’s just grateful for all of the support he’s received these past few days.
"For so many people to help out, to send money, to help me do my photography -- and they say we love your pictures,” Seth Bendfeldt said “It makes me very happy that these people are doing this for me."
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