San Francisco police search for suspects who stole $7K worth of designer sunglasses

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - Police hope surveillance video will help them catch two thieves who targeted a San Francisco Sunglass Hut store and made off with more than $7,000 in designer sunglasses.

The video shows two suspects walking into the store inside Stonestown Mall.

Within seconds, one of them stuffs a pair of sunglasses into an oversized purse. Investigators said the suspects took advantage of the situation when a worker was busy helping another customer, taking many pairs of sunglasses worth hundreds of dollars each.

"It happens very quickly," said Officer Carlos Manfredi, of the San Francisco Police Department.

The footage, released by police Thursday afternoon, shows the pair in the store on May 19 for only about 60 seconds. One suspect is seen shoving an employee who tried to intervene.

"There's no lack of remorse. They don't care. They walk in for one purpose and that's just to steal," said Manfredi.

Police say they bandits made off with 24 pairs of sunglasses worth a retail value of more than $7,000. The brands included Versace, Gucci and Ray-Ban.

Employees told KTVU they were targeted by thieves again about a week and a half ago -- in a similar crime where once again thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was stolen.

Police are asking for help from the public to identify the two thieves.

If you have any information, you're asked to call SFPD at (415) 575-4444. You can also text a tip anonymously at TIP411.