This is the news… I’m being robbed! Argentinian reporter cuts short live broadcast after discovering his house was being burgled as he went on air
This is the extraordinary moment a TV reporter had to cut short a live broadcast – after learning his home was being burgled as he went on air.
Argentinian Alejandro Pueblas was supposed to update a studio presenter on his search for a dog called Lucho who had disappeared in August.
But instead, viewers watched the anguished journalist telling his TV bosses he would have to drop his microphone and rush back to his house because it was being broken into.
Alejandro, who works for news channel Cronica HD and was reporting live from Florencia Varela, said: ‘They’ve just broken into my house.
‘They broke a window. Sorry but I’ve got to go. I’ve got people inside my home. They’re tearing it apart.’
Argentinian reporter Alejandro Pueblas had been set to provide an update to a studio presenter on his search for a dog who had disappeared in August when he received the news that his home in the province of Buenos Aires was being burgled
As studio presenter Esteban Trebucq asked if there was anything he could do to help Alejandro shouted out his address and begged: ‘I need a police car sent there urgently.’
Apologising once again for not being able to continue his report, he added: ‘Really sorry about the dog.’
Just over an hour later the burglary victim agreed to pick up his microphone again – this time outside his ransacked home in Los Hornos on the outskirts of the city La Plata 30 miles south-east – to show the damage the intruder had done.
He told viewers used to hearing his live reports about other people falling victim to the daily crimes afflicting Argentinians, as he confessed his partner’s life savings had been taken: ‘I was always joking I’d be telling my own story one day but I never imagined something like this would actually happen to me.
‘This happens to so many Argentinians. They return home and see someone has done this to them.’
Showing where the intruder had broken a window blind and an upstairs window and forced his way in, he added as he fought back tears: ‘This occurred in a central city in Los Hornos. This is my house. I came home and found this.
‘Money has disappeared, the TV’s been pulled out of its socket, things belonging to my daughter have been taken.
‘The bedroom looks like a bomb’s gone off in it.
In a state of panic, the reporter handed his microphone back to his camera crew and urged someone to call the police for help
‘Luckily my daughter wasn’t in at the time and was with her mum.
‘Being at work and learning live on TV that someone’s broken into your house you feel violated.’
No arrests have yet been made but police are understood to have CCTV footage of the man responsible.
Alejandro’s work colleagues are now organising a fundraiser so they can help him replace some of the items that were stolen.
In February a sports reporter was held up at gunpoint as he prepared to go on air.
Apologising to the camera, Pueblas turned away and headed home. When he arrived at his property he found that his partner’s life savings had been taken
Diego Ordinola had a weapon pointed at his head by a man demanding his phone outside the stadium of Ecuadorian Serie A side Barcelona Sporting Club.
His cameraman, who recorded the violent scene, ended up handing over his mobile before the armed robber sprinted away to a waiting motorbike.
Diego, who was working for DirecTVSports, posted the footage of the incident on his own Twitter feed, saying: ‘We can’t even work in peace.’
The hold-up occurred outside in broad daylight outside Barcelona’s Monumental Stadium in the port city of Guayaquil.