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Fremont Olympic Torch Bearer Robbed in Rome

Robbers took photos, video and iPad and passports from his father's bag.

By Lisa Fernandez and Stephanie Chuang
|  Monday, Jul 16, 2012  |  Updated 7:18 PM PDT
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Fremont's Olympic torchbearer went from having the best day of his life to a real crummy one, after the teen said his father's bag was robbed in Rome.

Fremont's Olympic torchbearer went from having the best day of his life to a real crummy one, after the teen said his father's bag was robbed in Rome.

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Fremont's Olympic torchbearer went from having the best day of his life to a real crummy one, after the teen said his father's bag was robbed in Rome.

The Bay Area News Group reports that the father of Kylan Nieh, who was chosen by Coca Cola to be one of 8,000 Olympic torch bearers in England, was robbed in Rome last week. Neih emailed the news agency to say his father's bag was ripped off of photos and video of the 19-year-old's colorful display while carrying the torch.

His brother, Jonathan Nieh, emailed NBC Bay Area on Monday to add that the iPad2 and video that he and his siblings bought their father for Christmas and Father's Day were also taken.

"What's worse," Jonathan Nieh wrote, "is this thief took along with him the only close up footage we have of my bro(ther) and his Olympic torch run in Andover."

Nieh, a Mission San Jose High graduate, is a gymnast and delighted the crowds with backflips down the streets of Andover, Eng.

"My father was approached by a couple of men at a train station in Rome," Kylan Nieh wrote Sunday night in his email to the news agency. "The men ended up stealing my father's bag and after trying to chase them, we lost everything."

To see Nieh carrying the torch and doing backflips, click here.

View more videos at: http://nbcbayarea.com.

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