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Friday, December 11, 2009

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Police Seek Help Identifying Eyeglass Burglars NR09579ah

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department detectives are investigating a rash of burglaries that have occurred at optometry businesses throughout the Valley and are asking for the public's help in identifying a pair of thieves whose images were caught on surveillance tape.

Since April 2009, the pair has hit over a dozen optical outlets. The most recent burglary happened on November 25, 2009, at the New York Style optometry business located in the 17600 block of Sherman Way in Van Nuys.  Surveillance video showed two men wearing black bandanas covering their faces, force entry by using a crowbar to smash a glass front door.  Once inside, the suspects took about $75.000 worth of expensive prescription eyeglasses, eyeglass frames and sunglasses from display cases and left the scene.  Investigators have not been able to identify the suspects.

Images of the suspects involved in the incident were captured by surveillance camera and are available at www.lapdtv.org.  

Anyone with information or who recognizes the suspects is urged to call Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Detectives at 213-486-6940.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips.  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.