After $15K heist of sunglasses, a suspect comes to light

Around 80 pairs of Oakleys were stolen at a Marysville optometry clinic. Fingerprints led to an arrest.

EVERETT — Four months later, a man has been arrested in what could be the shadiest crime in Marysville history.

In all, roughly 80 pairs of Oakley sunglasses were stolen from a Marysville optometry clinic in October, according to a police report filed Wednesday in Everett District Court. The store owner estimated the losses of the stylish and pricey shades at $15,000.

After obtaining fingerprint evidence and witness reports, Marysville police say they believe a 36-year-old homeless man was behind the thefts.

Police initially responded to reports of a burglary at the store on Oct. 7. A window had been broken with a rock, and outside the building sat a new pair of Oakleys.

Inside, glass frames were strewn across the floor, a glass display case had been shattered and many pairs of sunglasses had gone missing.

The alleged thief tried to unload the commodities quickly.

The owner of a nearby gas station told police someone tried to sell him sunglasses.

Another man reportedly said someone gave him 20 pairs of sunglasses before police responded to the burglary. The delivery reportedly was courtesy of the 36-year-old man, who planned to go back to the store for more.

Police found two sets of fingerprints on the display glass and had them analyzed by the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. The results came back in December, and matched with the suspect.

At the Marysville Police Department, a detective asked the man if he would talk. The man said he would need an attorney. “He then wavered and wanted to know what this was about,” the detective wrote.

The interview was canceled because he’d requested a lawyer.

The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree theft and second-degree burglary.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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