July 28, 2009

Robber addicted to glasses

Wisconsin authorities said a man who confessed to robbing three eyewear stores told police he really likes to be around glasses.

Jerry Lowery, 38, who was charged Monday with three counts of armed robbery and a felony count of evading police, told investigators when he surrendered last week that he was driven to commit the crimes by an eyewear fixation, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday.

Police said Lowery stole bags of eyeglass frames from Metro Eye during an April 25 robbery and Kind Optical June 23. Investigators said he attempted to rob Innovative Optique July 18, but fled after he was punched in the face by a manager. Lowery told police a gun reported by witnesses during the Kind Optical robbery was a toy.

The criminal complaint against Lowery says he was paroled in January from a jail sentence resulting from an eyeglass robbery in Chicago. He has nine convictions for robbery in Illinois.