DC cops searching for smash-and-grab thieves who stole over $140K in designer glasses
Robbery happened at Georgetown Optician in Washington DC
A group of thieves in Washington, D.C., stole over $140,000 worth of designer glasses in a broad daylight smash-and-grab robbery on Sunday, authorities said.
The theft happened just after 3 p.m. at Georgetown Optician at the Wharf on 699 Water Street Southwest when four suspects entered the high-end eyewear store, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said.
Surveillance video shows the suspects snatching eyeglasses from glass display cases and stuffing them into bags before fleeing the store.
A worker at the store told police that two suspects had asked to see a pair of Cartier glasses they saw the night before when another masked suspect pulled out a hammer and started smashing the glass of the display counter, FOX5 DC reported.
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While the suspects grabbed 81 Cartier glasses, another suspect grabbed an employee and demanded that they stay still, the report said. A fourth suspect reportedly stood watch at the door.
Authorities asked the public to help identify the four suspects involved and have offered a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and indictment.
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As of Tuesday, there have been 816 reported robbery cases citywide year-to-date – a 7% increase from the 761 cases reported during the same period a year ago, according to public police data.
There was a total of 2,082 reported robberies in the city in 2022, the statistics show.