A group of burglars raided a Virginia eyewear store and stole over $20,000 worth of product.
This week, Fairfax County released in-store surveillance footage of four men raiding a MyEyeDr. store near Richmond Highway in Alexandria around 6:30 p.m. on April 19.
The suspects are all black men and are believed to be between 17 and 23 years old.
A fifth suspect, who was the driver of the group, is also wanted by the police. The men are believed to have fled in an old-model black Toyota Camry with tinted windows and black wheel covers.
A group of four men stole $20,000 worth of items from a MrEyeDr. store in Alexandria, Va., in April, before cops released footage of the robbery on May 5
The thieves smashed cupboard windows and took all the items on display in full view of customers and store employees.
“Detectives are following leads and are aware of similar incidents throughout the National Capital Region,” Capt. Frederick Chambers, commander of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, said in a statement. release released Thursday.
Police are struggling to identify the perpetrators, who were wearing masks, hoodies and hats on the day of the robbery.
In the video, the four men can be seen entering the store, immediately smashing cabinet windows before filling their trash bags with glasses.
“The cops are on their way, man,” one person in the footage says to the robbers, as they continue to ransack the store.
No injuries from the burglary were reported.
The April incident is the fourth robbery at a DC-area eyewear store since the start of the year. All were executed by smash and grab thieves.
Towards the end of the sequence, one of the four men tried to break the window of a cabinet with a bat, but to no avail
In the video, a man can be heard telling the thieves, “The cops are on their way, man”, as they continue to ransack the store.
Fairfax County Police responded to MyEyeDr. at 6307 Richmond Highway on April 19 around 6:30 p.m.
“Detectives continue to work with our law enforcement partners in the region to identify suspects involved in this incident and are closely examining others who match this same troubling pattern. We are asking our community for information and reminding them that they can remain anonymous through our Crime Solvers advice line,’ Chambers added in Thursday’s press release.
Armed robberies have increased across the country in recent months, particularly in California and New York.
A group of Big Apple thieves broke into a Bronx jewelry store, stealing around $20,000 in chains and pendants on May 1, after smashing their way through the front window with a hammer.
Another similar incident, about two and a half miles away in the Bronx, was reported to the NYPD on April 3. A group of thieves had also used a hedge hammer to break into a jewelry store window and stole approximately $50,000.
A thief carrying a hammer smashed the window of a Bronx jewelry store before stealing items worth around $20,000
The thief managed to steal 10 gold chains and five gold pendants, the NYPD has confirmed
Meanwhile, violent crime has soared in the DC metro area, which includes Alexandria, with police recording a 24% spike this month from May 2021, according to public data.
So far this year, DC has seen 812 robberies, a 53% increase from last year, when there were 531 in May. Motor vehicle theft also increased by 10%. Last year 1,013 vehicles were reported stolen in early May, while this year there have been 1,112 so far.
However, reports of sexual abuse have decreased, as 50 of them were filed in May 2021 while 39 of them were issued this year, a decrease of 22%.
Assaults with a dangerous weapon remained stable this year compared to last year, with a decrease of 1%. Last year, 474 complaints were made while this year seven fewer (467) were filed.