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Swiped spectacles make store owners sizzle

Amy Brooker Amy Brooker
Mark Brown Mark Brown
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany optical store is fed up with shoplifters, and is asking for help identifying two ladies who they believe took $1,500 worth of merchandise Saturday afternoon.

The Hour Glass staff says they were very busy, when these two ladies strolled over to the sunglass display. Watch as the woman in the turquoise top apparently takes a pair of Gucci sunglasses off the rack, and slips it into her purse. 

She and her friend in the pink come back to the sunglasses in another minute, and the lady in the turquoise grabs two more pair of sunglasses off the rack and again apparently stuffs them into her purse on the way out. Store officials say they are shocked at her boldness.

"Felt like they needed a few Gucci's, without paying for them So they swiped them," manager Amy Brooker said.

There were five pairs of sunglasses in all missing, but the ladies were blocked from view of the camera where two more pair were taken. The three lady's sunglasses were worth $500 each.

Glass Chief Operating Officer Mark Brown said "We want people to know we are a locally owned business here in this community. And we try to protect ourselves. And we want to make sure that people understand that we do have cameras in these buildings."

There are cameras all around that sunglass rack, even a sign that tells you about the surveillance. Store officials say they are shocked at the theft, because it hurts their employees.

"It does matter. Theft is wrong, in any sense," Brooker said

Now The Hour Glass is asking you to help identify these ladies, and help them send a message that their store is fighting back against shoplifting.

The Hour Glass officials said they are asking whoever stole those sunglasses to do the right thing and return them to the store. If you can identify those women, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward.

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