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ON TAPE: Man rips off $700 glasses from Louis Vuitton

6:26 PM, Jul 16, 2010   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - Louis Vuitton is filled with luxury, big-ticket items; things that many people want, but may not be able to afford.

So, in this day and age, police say, some people just help themselves. Call it the five-finger discount, if you will.

One man helped himself to the most expensive sunglasses money can buy back on Saturday, July 10th around 3:00 p.m., Tampa Police say.

A light-skinned man, possibly Hispanic with dark hair, walked into International Plaza wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, white athletic shoes and a large designer watch on his left wrist.

He walked right into Louis Vuitton on a busy Saturday, although, there was something a little odd about this "shopper," police tell us.

He kept pacing around and not making any purchases. After a while, he started talking with an associate, and then made his move.

You can see him on video actually picking up a pair of sunglasses costing nearly $700.  You see him pick up the glasses, shove them into his pocket and walk away.

Oh, and did we mention he craned his neck to see if anyone was watching?

"It's phenomenal video. Someone's going to recognize him in the video," says Tampa Police Spokesperson Andrea Davis.

But, the crime spree didn't stop there. It also happened at Westshore Plaza just down the street, a little less than a month earlier on June 16th. This time with a different man - same motive.

Only this time, the crime happened with a slight twist.

Police say an African American man was seen using a counterfeit credit card in the name of Gregory Baxter of Deputy, Indiana.

The man charged more than $6,000 worth of jewelry and clothing, according to police.The largest purchases were two Gucci watches valued at $5,440.

The man seen in the video is in his mid 20's to late 30's.  He has a dark complexion and appears to be slightly overweight, police say with short hair and a mustache, possibly a goatee.

Davis says, "That's what's definitely concerning. You wonder why someone is so bold to walk into a store like this when they know they're captured on video."

If you recognize either of the men, you could get a cash reward of up to a $1,000.

Call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS or visit their website by clicking here.

Melanie Brooks, 10 Connects

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