World Barista Champion Michael Phillips was brewing coffee at the WBC Brew Bar late this afternoon when his Canon DSLR was brazenly swiped from the counter. This marks the second reported theft at WBC 2011, and security is being tightened accordingly. Entries are now cautioned at the door to hold on to their personal affects.

We met outside with Michael and this is exactly how he looked. “I lost a lot of great photos from the last two days,” Michael told Baristas on site, keep a close eye on your personal possessions. After the earlier EmOak laptop theft, the Sky Box has been fortified with a full-time security guard, who’s been wonderful by the way. Rest assured: You and your things are safe with Sprudge.