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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Third suspect identified in eyewear store robberies

Fairfax County police have released the identity of a third suspect they say was involved in last year’s string of eyewear store robberies in Fairfax County.

In this image from surveillance video, two of the suspects shop in a D.C. area eyewear store that was robbed. (Fairfax County Crime Solvers - Courtesy photo)
Police are looking for Robert Wilson, 53, who has an outstanding arrest warrant for grand larceny and larceny with the intent to sell, according to a press release distributed Wednesday.

County detectives charged, Arthina Cecilia Leake-Hall, 52, of the District, and Norlin Keith Washington, 43, of Accokeek, with roles in recent area area eyewear store robberies, Fairfax County Crime Solvers said. They were arrested in December.

Leake-Hall, Washington and Wilson are all suspected of multiple counts of grand larceny and larceny with the intent to sell, the release said.

The first reported eyewear store robbery was July 6 at Steiner Vision in Falls Church, where six pairs of Gucci eyewear were stolen, the release said. Another Falls Church eyewear store reported stolen Gucci merchandise the same day.

Robert Wilson, 53, is suspected of robbing multiple eyewear stores. (Fairfax County Police - Courtesy photo)
Two more stores were robbed on July 11 and November 10. In all, 17 pairs of eyewear were reported stolen, in association with the three suspects, according to the release.

A Montgomery County police spokesman said his department is coordinating with Fairfax officials in the investigation of possibly related incidents in Maryland.

The incidents followed a pattern, officials said: two or three of the suspects would enter the store. One would distract an employee while another lifted the eyewear. In one case, the release said, a suspect took an expensive pair of eyeglasses and replaced it with a cheaper pair.

Fairfax County police describe Wilson as a black male standing 5 ft. 5 in. and weighing 130 pounds. Wilson also goes by the name “Linky,” according to police.

Fairfax County Crime Solvers is asking anyone with information to contact their tipline at 1-866-411-8477. They will offer a $100 to $1,000 cash reward for information that leads to his arrest.

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By Sylvia Carignan  |  01:12 PM ET, 02/22/2012

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