By Joy Bergmann
Last Thursday around noon, a team of six thieves allegedly walked into LensCrafters at 2050 Broadway (70th), grabbed 37 pairs of sunglasses and glasses frames and fled with the loot, valued at $18,526, an NYPD spokesperson told WSR. Some pairs were priced at $1,395, $1,446 and $1,524 apiece, NYPD said, noting the complaint mentions 13 Prada items swiped.
“There was no use of force threatened. No injuries,” NYPD said. Though the complaint mentioned six male suspects, a 20th Precinct tweet says detectives are seeking five men and one woman for the grand larceny.
The 20th Precinct is seeking to ID and apprehend 5 males and 1 female who removed glasses and sunglasses valued at $18,526 from LENSE CRAFTERS located at 2050 BROADWAY on 10/21/2021. ☎️212-580-6414☎️ pic.twitter.com/61cXR1RPpX
— NYPD 20th Precinct (@NYPD20Pct) October 22, 2021
When WSR visited the store Monday morning, worker Tiffany said she was keeping the front door locked until at least two other colleagues joined her. She wasn’t at the shop when the incident occurred, but said grab-n-go theft was a recurring problem — jumping to a new level with this group action. “Usually somebody snatches a few pairs,” she said, “but never in such a large group like that.”
Tiffany said the team likes to keep the store “comfortable” for customers who want to try on multiple pairs from open racks of options. But given what’s been happening, she says, “we might have to start locking the cases again.”