PORTLAND, Ore. — A San Diego man needs your help tracking down the people who stole irreplaceable footage and $50,000 worth of film making equipment out of his vehicle.

It happened on April 20 near Southeast 9th Avenue and Alder Street between 9:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., according to Portland police.

Surveillance footage obtained by KGW shows the moment a Chevy Tahoe pulls up and parks. Two men jump out and start casing parked vehicles and slowly made their way to Steve Engman’s SUV parked at the end of the block.

“The suspect were looking right at me when I got out of the car,” Engman said. “Makes me feel weird.”

Engman had no way of knowing what the guys were up to, but he found out when he returned to his car. The bad guys had smashed out the windows and stole $50,000 worth of film making equipment.

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“Pretty much felt like my entire life and everything I worked for disappeared right in front of my eyes,” he said.

Engman knows the equipment is replaceable, but the hard drives are not. They contain hours and hours of footage for a special film.

“On the hard drives essentially was content of unseen footage pertaining to the University of Oregon football program,” he said.

Without the highly-confidential footage, it will be difficult for Engman to finish the film.

“Why did this happen,” Engman asked. “Why did it happen to us now?”

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Portland Police Bureau.

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