MONTEREY, Calif. (KION-TV)-- Monterey Police are searching for several suspects who have targeted sunglass businesses on at least five occasions, it is unknown if these incidents are connected.
On March 8, at around 6:31 p.m. officers arrived at Del Monte Shopping Center on Munras Avenue after two males went into a store and stole multiple pairs of sunglasses.
When an employee tried to stop the two they pushed them away.
$13,000 worth of merchandise was stolen and the suspects were not found.
The second incident occurred on March 12 at 4:59 p.m. when officers were once again called to the Del Monte Shopping Center where $15,000 in merchandise was stolen.
Two male and two female suspects entered the store and filled bags with sunglasses and left in a dark-colored sedan.
On April 11 at 5:46 p.m. two males wearing masks stole $13,000 worth of sunglasses and left in a silver sedan.
Officers found a vehicle matching that description driving on Highway 1 going northbound from Fremont Street.
The vehicle got away from officers but a suspect was later identified as Colton Hunter, 31, of Turlock.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Hunter for commercial burglary and a felony for evading police but he has yet to be located.
The fourth instance was on April 15 at 5:37 p.m. as officers returned to Del Monte Shopping Center where four males stole around $80,000 worth of sunglasses.
The suspects drove off in a dark grey sedan.
CHP and Monterey Bay police located and pursued the vehicle on Highway 1 going northbound from Freemont Street.
The vehicle got away from the pursuing officers.
The last instance was on April 21 at 12:48 p.m. when officers were dispatched to a report of a female that stole $10,000 worth of sunglasses on the 700 block of Cannery Row.
The suspect left the area in a black Mercedes.