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Thieves steal thousand of dollars worth of sunglasses

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Optometrists at Northside Eyecare say someone broke into their business overnight and stole 50 pairs of sunglasses worth $10,000. Optometrists at Northside Eyecare say someone broke into their business overnight and stole 50 pairs of sunglasses worth $10,000.

Thousands of dollars worth of eyeglass frames are missing after they were taken during an overnight burglary in Evansville.

Northside Eyecare says, overnight, someone broke into the east side of this building.  They tell us one of their computer servers went down around 7:00 p.m. Monday night, giving them a time frame for that theft.

"The same feelings you'd have if it happened at home, just sick in your stomach," said Jeff Irvin, an O.D. at Northside Eyecare.

Tuesday morning, the optometrists at Northside Eyecare came to work only to find $10,000 in designer sunglasses missing from their cabinets.

"It's never happened before to us," said Clay Bigham, another O.D. at Northside Eyecare. 

Northside Eyecare tells 14 News that part of the computer system went down around 7:00 p.m. Monday night. Police say the burglar also got away with some cash.

"Some of our security and computer lines were tampered with, so you know, it seems like somebody knew what they were doing," Irvin.

EPD says the person who stole those sunglasses picked a lock on an east side door to get in. Sergeant Jason Cullum says an eye doctor's office on Main Street has been broken into in the past with the suspect arrested, but eyeglass theft hasn't really been a problem in Evansville. However, he tells us it's not uncommon nationwide.

"They'll get into the stores, take these high-end eyeglass frames and tens of thousands of dollars worth at a time and they can sell them on the street for pennies on the dollar," Cullum said.

Optometrists at Northside tell 14 News they'll now be making their security system even stronger. Something they say is a good idea for all businesses.

"I think if we could tell anybody anything, other businesses and that kind of thing, just be aware that this could happen to you," Bigham said.

Police are still looking for the person responsible for this theft.

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