Three people robbed a Sunglass Hut in the Old Mill District on Sunday morning, Bend Police said, getting away with multiple pairs of high-end sunglasses. And it appears that someone matching their description may have been involved in a theft at mall in Springfield hours later.
Bend Police were sent to the store at 450 SW Powerhouse Drive at around 11 a.m.
Police said an investigation revealed that three people — one man and two women — had come in to the store and started taking sunglasses off the shelves and putting them in bags.
They continued to take the items even after being confronted by a store employee. Police say they left with around $20,000 in stolen merchandise.
Police obtained security camera photos of the suspects and the car they used to escape.
The car was a gray Hyundai, possibly a Sonata, with tinted windows and no license plates. There was damage on the driver’s side of the car.
They ask that if you see the people in the photos, that you call the non-emergency dispatch center at 541-693-6911.
The suspects face charges of Aggravated Theft I and Burglary II if they are found.
Some Bend residents told us they were shocked, while at least one didn’t seem as surprised.
“I’m shocked. That just seems excessive especially for that amount of merchandise in that store, and that’s terrible to hear,” said Bend resident Julie Taylor.
“It’s definitely surprising. I am kind of shocked that someone would think they could get away with stealing that much in Bend and in such a populated area too,” said Bend resident Micah Cash.
“I expect anything to happen here,” said Lou Crooks of Bend. “I mean, you get a lot of people coming in, you get a lot of people going through the pandemic. They’re getting desperate. It could have just been kids messing around. Maybe it was a bet or a dare, but for the most part I think Bend is a really safe community.”
As Bend’s population grows, police say they are not seeing more calls.
A few hours after the Sunglass Hut was hit, there was a reported theft at the Shoppes at Gateway, a shopping mall in Springfield. While police and mall security couldn’t provide specifics to Central Oregon Daily News, Bend Police say it does appear those involve match the description of the Sunglass Hut suspects.