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Shady dealings at sunglass store

Investigators release video, ask public’s help in finding burglars

Posted: April 10, 2014 5:50 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2014 5:50 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies asked for the public’s help this week in finding at least eight women suspected of stealing about $20,000 in merchandise from a local sunglass store.

The theft occurred in the 24200 block of Town Center Drive about 2:50 p.m. March 29, according to sheriff’s officials.
A witness inside the store reported that a group of at least eight women, all believed to be 18 to 25 years old, gathered around display cases in the store and quickly began to stuff pairs of sunglasses into their bags.

“There were no weapons and nobody was injured in this incident,” SCV sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin said Thursday.

“We just had the group of women come in and blatantly, in a flash-mob type of way, take a lot of merchandise very quickly, put it in their bags and flee the location.”

The witness in the store ran to call 911, at which point the women ran out of the store, down Town Center Drive and disappeared.

A different witness reported seeing the suspects get into a dark-colored SUV and flee the location.

“We’re still working with the retailer right now to determine exactly how many items were stolen and the dollar amount of those items,” Dubin said Thursday. “Our early estimations are leading us to believe that we have at least $20,000 worth of loss.”

Security footage taken during the commercial burglary can be viewed online at

“We’re hoping that by releasing this surveillance video, that a member of the public will be able to help us either add information to our investigation or identify one of the people in the surveillance video and come forward,” Dubin said.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident or who may be able to help identify any of the suspects is encouraged to contact Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Detective Burrow at 661-255-1121 or at
Information can also be given anonymously by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).




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