A Leica store has appealed for help after burglars escaped with around u00a340,000 of Leica gear u2013 less than a year since the shop fell victim to a serial camera thief.

Red Dot Cameras Managing director Ivor Cooper told Amateur Photographer that thieves broke into the London-based, family-run, shop at 10.30pm on Thursday 24 April.

The haul included two brand new D-Lux 6 cameras that were specially launched to mark 100 years of Leica photography.

Also stolen were top-end lenses including a Summilux 21mm f/1.4 and a pair of Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 optics.

The crime is being dealt with by police in Islington (visit http://content.met.police.uk/Borough/Islington)

Last year, Red Dot Cameras, which is based in Old Street, London EC1V, was among a string of UK stores targeted by a serial camera thief.

The culprit, who was arrested and subsequently sentenced to jail, escaped with a Leica M-E, a 50mm f/2 Summicron lens and a filter estimated to be worth £6,000.

For details of all the missing items, and serial numbers, visit www.reddotcameras.co.uk