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63-year-old woman reportedly steals 15 pairs of sunglasses valued at $200-$500 each



A 63-year-old woman was arrested on a theft charge after police say she stole 15 pairs of sunglasses from Precision Eye Group.

Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo said Bloomington resident Jill Fritz entered the optometrists’ office Monday afternoon at 322 S. Woodcrest Drive and began speaking very loudly. When employees approached Fritz, she told them she didn’t need any help. 

An employee informed one of the office’s optometrists that Fritz had placed several pairs of glasses in her bag, Pedigo said. Before they could approach her, Fritz then ran out of the office and entered the passenger side of a silver Mitsubishi SUV, which drove off. The office reported 15 pairs of sunglasses valued between $200-$500 each were stolen.

Pedigo said police obtained the license plate number of the car Fritz left in and located the registered owner of the car. The owner identified Fritz as a former co-worker at Goodwill and told him she had dropped Fritz off at an unknown location earlier in the day. 

The officer then drove to Fritz’s address, where she was outside smoking a cigarette. The officer asked if she knew why he was there. Fritz said she did not. 

The officer showed her a picture of the suspect taken from Precision Eye Group’s security footage. Fritz identified the person in the picture as herself. The officer then explained it was a picture of a suspect in a theft.

Fritz then admitted to stealing sunglasses but said she had only taken 5 pairs. She claimed she no longer had the glasses, and police were unable to locate them. 

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