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$10,000 in eyeglasses stolen in Palo Alto

Original post made on Oct 14, 2012

Burglars stole $10,000 in eyeglasses and sunglasses from a downtown Palo Alto optometrist Thursday, Oct. 11, police said.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

$10,000? What is that, 3 pair?

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Posted by retail or wholesale?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

and nothing of value was lost...

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Posted by jim sullivan
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 15, 2012 at 8:23 am

If one is from new yawrk, that'd be a total of 2 pair(w the 2nd being 1/2 off)

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

@ all of the above...LOL! Got Jokes?! Too funny. His insurance will cover it.
My question is...Who can they sell prescription glasses to? I guess the sunglasses will be easy.

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Posted by Jan H.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Were they actual glasses with lenses or just the frames? My guess is that if they are designer frames and sunglasses, they will end up on the black market in China, Taiwan, or Mexico.

My husband had an employee a few years ago who had married into a family of smugglers. At Christmas time, they would offer us cheap stolen Rolexes, or free fake Rolexes. Eventually this employee left, because her husband's family demanded that she run the flower business they were using as a cover to launder money!

No real point to the story, other than to illustrate that black market smugglers can be in some of the most seemingly innocuous places.

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The proprietor has been very helpful to me, and courteous to boot.

I hope the store rebounds soon.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm

This is my eye glassess place. How horrible! What low life would do this.

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Posted by Roger
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

There is a booming market in stolen designer frames all of a sudden. Some guy in San Angelo, Texas just walked into an optometry store and started putting high priced designer frames into a bag and walked out. He was caught in that case but it's becoming a more popular robbery or burglary item.