Burglars hit three more optometry shops

ESCONDIDO, Calif.  -- Two people were detained early Thursday in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of eyeglass frames from a Lens Crafters shop , according to Escondido police.

The burglary  at a LensCrafters in the Escondido Promenade Center was reported around 3:45 a.m. A witness told FOX 5 that thieves smashed several windows at the LensCrafters and made off with around $60,000 worth of eye wear.

Police did not say why they believed that the two people being questioned about the burglary were involved.

San Diego police confirmed that another optometry business in Tierrasanta was burglarized at about 2:45 a.m. Patrol officers were sent to TVC Optometry at 5990 Santo Road after receiving a call from an alarm company.

Employees told Fox 5 around 120 pairs of high-end frames and sunglasses were stolen worth about $30,000.

Meanwhile, police in La Mesa were investigating a break-in at another optometry store. Investigators were sent to New View Optometric Center on El Cajon Boulevard after the burglary was reported at around 5 a.m. The thieves broke into the shop by smashing a window and stole sunglasses from a display case, investigators said. The owner has not determined how many sunglasses were taken. Police said they did not know if the La Mesa burglary was connected to several other recent eyeglass theft cases.

Thursday's burglaries followed a break-in in July at Pack and Bianes Vision Care Optometry in the 300 block of East H Street, where thieves stole more than $50,000 in merchandise.

In June, thieves made off with another $50,000 worth of eyeglass frames in a pre-dawn burglary at New Optix Optometry in Kearny Mesa.

Investigators have not said if any of the optometry heists were related.

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