There has been recent theft by an African American woman in the San Jose, Los Gatos area optometric offices. Please alert your staff of the description. Reminder again of those who you suspect least tend to be the ones who will commit a crime. They will distract you or try to be in the optical area alone by asking for adjustment, etc. Make sure we all monitoring patients who we do no truly know and do not leave them alone in the dispensary.
She has shoulder length straight hair and a tattoo on her arm. She was also wearing black scrubs that day and a big red purse. She was in Site for Sore Eyes in Los Gatos. The police almost caught her but she got away. The car she was driving was registered in Los Angeles.
The police officer advised if she comes into your store, call 911 and leave the phone off the hook so she doesn't know that you called.
Two local offices, one in Los Gatos, and one in San Jose, were burglarized after hours on Wed., Dec. 1.
Both offices were broken in through their back entrances. The San Jose office on Story road had both an alarm system and surveillance system, and apparently these burglars knew how to short circuit the exterior siren and fully disable the alarm. The surveillance camera recorded two suspected males with masks and gloves. They stole over 300 frames, a Woodland manual projector and Woodland manual lensometer as well. The Los Gatos office had the majority of its frames stolen though no equipment was missing. I have also just learned that a month ago, a Morgan Hill office was burglarized in which the assailants broke through the adjoining wall to a vacant retail unit.
Please be advised that a few of these offices were visited by what is believed to be the same 2-3 African-American females in their late twenties to early thirties. While one asks numerous questions, the others are scoping out the establishment as well as trying to steal any frames possible.
There is no certainty as to whether the women are directly linked to these after-hours burglaries, but it is extremely suspicious.
Should you encounter these individuals, do not allow them to wander your office unattended. More importantly, authorities have indicated that they need a license plate of the automobile these women are driving.
Please make sure your security system and surveillance systems are truly secure. FYI - check with your Alarm Company regarding a Wi-Fi adaptor you can purchase that will by-pass any effort by the burglars to disable your telephone-based alarm system. Lastly, don't forget to keep your office property insurance updated.
If you have any questions or can provide further information, please contact Dr. Keith D. Chow, O.D., Branham Family Eye Care, Vox: 408-269-6861 ext.22 / www.BranhamFamilyEyeCare.com
This blog serves to help raise awareness regarding office burglaries and thefts and other suspicious activities that member doctors have observed at their practices.