Surveillance catches eyeglass thieves at work

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Police are on the hunt for two men caught on camera stealing at LensCrafters and Excel Vision in Phoenix.

“We're talking glasses that range upwards from $100 and up to $300-$400, and then they're able to turn around and sell those things for a fraction of the cost and still make pretty good money off them,” said Silent Witness Coordinator Sgt. Derek Elmore.

The first burglary occurred Aug. 14 at a LensCrafters on 75th Avenue south of Thomas Road. The second occurred Sept. 4 at an Excel Vision on Bell Road near 54th Street.

“This is happening off hours, early in the morning between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.,” Elmore said.

Police say both men are white and were wearing black shirts, dark pants and black beanies. One man has a tattoo and had a beard and mustache at the time.

“We're pretty sure it's the same guys on these two (burglaries), and we think they may be involved in at least seven or eight more of these things in the Valley,” Elmore said.

If you know anything about these burglaries or know who these two men are, you're urged to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. If it leads to an arrest, you could get up to $1,000 in reward money.