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Couple used child to distract clerk during shoplifting
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Couple used child to distract clerk during shoplifting

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga -- Police are looking for two shoplifting crews that are stealing high-end sunglasses. One of the crews appears to be a family.

The Lenscrafters in the Fayette Pavillion in Fayetteville must feel like they're being picked on. They've been hit twice by shoplifting crews in the past two weeks. Fayetteville police said one of the crews was a man, a pregnant woman and a young child.

On March 17th, 2015, the family walked into the store looking as innocuous as could be. Police said the woman appeared to be pregnant and the child appeared to be a three or four year old boy.

Surveillance video from the store shows the man remove several pairs of glasses from displays and tuck them into his pants pockets. The couple and child eventually left the store with nearly $1,900 worth of glasses.

At one point, the adults directed the child to sit in a chair by the sales counter. Police believe they used the child as a decoy. "We believe they do that by design as a distraction," said Lt. Mike Whitlow. "The employee was already dealing with a customer but the child is an added distraction."

On Monday, March 30, 2015, another couple walked into the same store and did the same thing. They didn't have a child but they took several pairs of glasses. Surveillance video showed the woman stuffing the glasses into her purse.

The couple left the store with nearly $4,000 worth of glasses. Lt. Whitlow said the couple is familiar to Lenscrafters stores across the country. "We know these two particular people have hit the Dunwoody store here in Georgia and a store in Chicago, Illinois previous to coming here to Fayetteville," he said.

Police believe the couple is from California. They think the family might be local and given the woman's pregnancy and the child, they should be easily identifiable.

Police ask anyone who might recognize the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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