TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) - A thief with expensive taste in sunglasses is on the run in Tulsa. Reading Glasses to Go, a high-end glasses store at 71sts and Yale, is working with Tulsa Police to catch the crook that has stolen from the store before.
Michelle Edens, a store associate, explained the same thief stole from them for the fourth time on Tuesday. Edens said the store has not seen the crook since June, when Tulsa’s Channel 8 covered a story about that theft. This time, nine months later, the thief brought a friend to help steal about $1,200 worth of designer sunglasses.
“I knew when they came to the door, I looked up and I saw them and I knew. had I been able to outrun them and race to the door and lock it oh I would have done it but there was just no way,” said Edens.
Edens said each pair of shades the thieves took were worth about $250 each.
“I saw him take the first piece from the display, it was a beautiful pair of [Giorgio] Armani’s—so he knew what he after and he asked specifically if we carried Tom Ford’s which was something he took last time,” said Edens.
The store had surveillance cameras and a silent alarm system installed in early 2016. The store owner, based in Dallas, is now working closely with Tulsa Crimestoppers. He said he is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the two thieves.
“I know that we can’t be the only people that have been hit by them and we can’t be the only ones that have been hit by them twice and it’s just time to bring out the big guns now,” said Edens. “We are going to prosecute, we’re not going to go easy on them. They don’t deserve it.”
Anyone with information is advised to give their tip to Crimestoppers.