Crime

January 2, 2013

Myrtle Beach police investigate armed robbery at eye care business

Myrtle Beach police were called early Tuesday to LensCrafters for an armed robbery where the gunman stole frames for glasses, according to a police report.

Myrtle Beach police were called early Tuesday to LensCrafters for an armed robbery where the gunman stole frames for glasses, according to a police report.

Two employees told officers that the man came into the store at 2702 N. Kings Highway at about 9 a.m. Tuesday as they were opening the business, police said. They said the man was carrying a large black case and said he was going to leave contact supplies for the doctors.

One of the employees said the man was well dressed and she thought he was a contact lens salesman, according to the report.

The employees said the man sat the case down and pulled out what appeared to be an assault rifle and ordered them to fill trash bags with glasses frames, according to the report. After filling the bags, the gunman put them inside the case and then told the employees to go to the bathroom.

The employees said they went into the contact lens room, locked the door and called police.

The gunman left the store and one of the employees said he did not point the gun at them during the incident, according to the report. The number of frames and their value taken during the incident was not listed in the report.

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