Suspects Sought In OC ‘Smash-And-Grab’ Burglaries

LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Police Friday sought the public’s help in identifying suspects in two separate burglaries in Orange County.

The first of the “smash-and-grab” incidents occurred May 10 at a European Optical store in the 1200 block of South Coast Highway, according to Laguna Beach Police.

Officers responded to an alarm at 7:50 a.m. and found the store’s front window shattered along with several pairs of glasses strewn about the entryway, police said.

Sixty-five pairs of glasses with an approximate value of $13,000 were stolen, police said.

Two people were caught on camera parking behind the store just prior to the burglary. One suspect wore a hoodie, which he pulled up over his head before wrapping something over his hand and punching the window, according to police.

The second incident occurred at 12:35 a.m. Thursday at Ganahl Lumber at 1765 Laguna Canyon Rd. when two suspects wearing hoodies over their heads were caught on video smashing the lower portion of a glass door, according to police.

Roughly $8,200 in tools and other store items were taken from the location.

Anyone with information about either burglary is being asked to call Laguna Beach Police Detective Matt Meadows at (949)497-0758.

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