$60,000 worth of designer frames stolen from Seattle optometrist

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM

When three men broke into a Rainier Valley optometrist's office last week, they didn't realize that nine surveillance cameras captured their every move. 

Dr. Jeanette Pham released the video to KING 5 in hopes of catching the thieves who took more than $60,000 in designer frames from her shop on Martin Luther King Junior Way.

She also wants to draw attention to what she calls an endless string of break-ins at businesses at the building that is owned by the Seattle Housing Authority.

"We're here to serve people, make sure they can see well, and I can't believe someone can come in and take everything away from me," said Dr. Pham.

Surveillance video shows three men enter her store through at back door at about 4 a.m.  There are no signs of forced entry, they appear to walk through the door with ease.

Then, the men turn off the lights and begin ransacking her store.  They raid the shelves that line the walls and take every pair of glasses and frames made by Gucci, Armani, Coach, and other high-end designers.

The stolen merchandise is worth almost $60,000, according to Pham.

KING 5 spoke to the owners of a cell phone store and a jewelry store located in the same building as Clear Vision Optometry.  Both said they've been broken into twice in the last year.

Pham feels the fact that these burglars entered through a limited access back door suggests it was an inside job.

"Yeah, it has to be someone inside the building or someone that works in this building," she said.  "No one from outside could get in through that door."

A spokesperson for the Seattle Housing Authority told KING 5 they have turned over surveillance video from the building's lobby and hallways to Seattle Police and are cooperating with the investigation.

Our calls regarding whether an employee or resident of the housing authority might be involved have not yet been returned.

Seattle Police say it remains an open and active investigation.

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