Three arrested in LensCrafters smash-and-grab burglaries
A store at 13662 Jamboree Road in Irvine was hit about 1:30 a.m., when burglars smashed a front window and stole about 400 pairs of high-end sunglasses worth more than $20,000, said Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen.
Workers nearby saw the suspects and called police, Engen said. Irvine authorities put out a countywide bulletin, alerting other law enforcement agencies to the incident.
About 30 minutes later, a LensCrafters in Brea was hit, Brea police Sgt. Jim Griffin told KTLA-TV. An officer followed the suspect vehicle north on the 57 Freeway before it stopped on Diamond Bar Boulevard.
Engen said Irvine detectives believed the suspects were responsible for the first burglary but would work with Brea police to "absolutely confirm they're the same."
-- Kate Mather
Photo: Scene of a smash-and-grab burglary early Wednesday. Credit: KTLA-TV.