Charges: Duo's 2-day spree nets $37K in fancy eyeglass frames from metro stores

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  • Updated: October 25, 2013 - 8:36 PM

A thieving duo from California roamed the Twin Cities and swiped more than $37,000 in high-end eyeglass frames until they were pulled over and caught with the stolen goods in their vehicle, authorities said.

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pokey2007Oct. 25, 13 9:09 AM

But WHY? WHY did they do this?

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Chaz_MackOct. 25, 13 9:13 AM

They'll be able to see more clearly that they're going to jail...

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joe_mnOct. 25, 13 9:18 AM

Ironic, the $300 frames are really only worth $25 to make. HUGE price gouging.

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sultan925Oct. 25, 1310:10 AM

Unfortunately the authorities will soon see their way clear to release them and they'll be gone and on their way to another state to see what else they can steal. Sorry Craig's list one last seller that won't be advertising with you.

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joe_mnOct. 25, 1310:21 AM

Well, $37k of frames did cost the stores $2500 to buy so yes, they did have some value.

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realityfirstOct. 25, 1310:57 AM

Is MSRP really the way values are assessed in criminal cases or is that just to make a better headline? This theft is pretty bad and they deserve to go to jail but it should really be based on the replacement value of the glasses.

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la55122Oct. 25, 1311:27 AM

Retail optometry prices are absolutely insane! The cost to make lenses with automated equipment is just a fraction of what it was back in the days of glass lenses. With fewer eyeglass users, they are chasing a declining market. Charging criminal cases at retail, now that is a crime in itself!

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free741776Oct. 25, 1311:49 AM

Part of the MSRP that consumers pay is for the service and neighborhood location. When your $15.00 internet specs from China don't work quite right or fit properly, good luck finding service. There's a huge markup on airfare to China as well. Most of understand that you get what you pay for.

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free741776Oct. 25, 1311:51 AM

So if I steal a $1.00 candy bar from Super America, I should only be charged with stealing 25 cents? If I stiff the bar of a $100 tab, I should only be charged with stealing $15?

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smeeagain2Oct. 25, 1312:48 PM

Eyeglass pricing is obscene. I can get 10 pairs of glasses from an on-line distributor for the same price as a single pair from one of the brick-and-mortar shops. If I don't like them, they don't fit or there are other problems, I can throw them away and still come out ahead financially.

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