Fancy thief hits Smith Street optician

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At least the thief had style.

Someone swiped a half-dozen pairs of Chanel sunglasses from an optician on Smith Street on April 10, police said.

The thief wandered into the store, at Union Street, around 2 pm, pretending to be a customer. Suddenly, he reached into a display case and snatched up six pairs of designer shades and quickly ducked out the door.

Police have help from a security video camera, which recorded the entire crime.

Hook heist

Police are hunting for the thief who stole $20,000 from a Van Brunt Street restaurant on April 9.

The cash, along with receipts and register reports, disappeared from the eatery near Dikeman Street between 1 am and 11 am. An employee had found a side door open.

The door, which is always secured, was missing its padlock. Several employees have keys to the lock, the owner acknowledged.

Work site target

Thieves snatched an array of power tools — valued at $22,700 — from a Columbia Street construction site, police said.

The burglars clipped the lock at the site, near Kane Street, between 5 pm on April 7 and 8 am on April 9, then removed the tools and replaced the padlock with a different lock.

The stolen items included saws and blades, a generator and a gas-powered tamping device, valued at $12,000.

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