ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Detectives with the Albuquerque Police Department said if you see anyone selling designer eyeglasses on the street or the flea market, they might be stolen.
Bandits broke into a fancy eyeglass shop and looted the place. But that business is not the only one.
Dr. Dennis Kehoe said he’s talked to other eye doctors in Albuquerque who have been hit recently by thieves.
“These guys are good, they’re quick and the two just don’t care,” Officer Simon Drobik said.
Dr. Kehoe’s business is located on Montgomery in a small strip mall. There are signs at almost every business notifying people and even thieves that there are security cameras and alarms in place.
On October 1st, police said two burglars spent a few minutes casing the area then tried breaking in Dr. Kehoe’s business using a crowbar. When that didn’t work the crooks broke down the door.
“They’re gloved up so we can’t get prints, so we’re going to have to identify them by facial recognition when they’re coming through the door,” Officer Drobik said.
The entire time the two are inside, the female accomplice appears to walk with a hunch. She riffles through cabinets but doesn’t find what she’s looking for until she sees designer names. The man stays up front and, with his hands already full, piles more glasses on top, including pairs that belong to patients.
“Now this guy is out thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and the door he’s going to have to replace,” Officer Drobik said. “It’s kind of like a mom and pop place so we want to help them out and get these two identified.”
Dr. Kehoe said the duo damaged expensive equipment and made off with nearly 40 pairs of glasses and he’s still going through rooms that didn’t have cameras to see what’s missing.
Monday, Sandia Vision Clinic in Nob Hill was also hit. The thief was also caught on camera shattering the glass door to get in. He filled up a bag with glasses, then split. The business said it’s out nearly $6,600.
“They’re going for those high dollar, smaller items. So I wouldn’t be surprised if these things end up at the flea market or definitely online,” Officer Drobik said.
Police still need to identify the burglars and are asking for the public’s help.