An Oak Forest eye doctor is seeing red after thousands of dollars’ worth of frames were stolen from her office.
Today’s Vision Oak Forest-Heights, located at 1229 W. 43rd St., was burglarized early Sunday morning, according to the Houston Police Department. Dr. Esther Kovacs, the owner, said about 200 pairs of frames and sunglasses worth at least $50,000 were taken.
“It’s very violating,” Kovacs said. “I worked my butt off to get to where I’m at. This summer has been busy for us. I feel like in three minutes, that was taken away.”
Kovacs said her office’s surveillance video, which has been provided to HPD, shows a white or Hispanic man estimated to be in his 30s throw a rock through the glass front door and kick out the rest of it to gain entry. Once inside, Kovacs said the man quickly swiped the Nike and Costa frames and pulled down a series of metal rods that were holding more glasses.
Kovacs said the man was wearing a light-colored shirt, jeans and a cap. He has a tattoo of a cross with rosary beads on his left hand.
“He wasn’t using any gloves,” Kovacs said. “We’re trying to get some prints of what he touched.”
Kovacs said surveillance video showed another man, who is black and was wearing a dark-colored shirt and shorts, standing near the other suspect when he threw the rock through the window. Kovacs said that man appeared to be standing guard during the burglary and did not enter the office.
HPD spokesperson Kese Smith confirmed there are two suspects in the case.
Kovacs said she and her husband, Jason Craig, contacted nearby businesses and discovered the two men were seen together inside a blood donation center shortly before the burglary. Afterward, Kovacs said the man who stayed outside her office returned to the blood bank and donated plasma.
“The cops came back out, and (the blood bank) gave the cops information on that gentlemen,” Kovacs said.
After sharing news of the break-in on social media, Kovacs said she and Craig came in contact with three other eye doctors who said they were burglarized by the same man who stole from their office. Kovacs said an office in Fulshear was burglarized earlier Sunday morning, one in Richmond fell victim the weekend before, and a Today’s Vision location in Tanglewood was burglarized a few weeks ago.
Kovacs said the man “seems like a professional” and “knows exactly where to go and what to do.”
Smith said there isn’t necessarily a connection between the burglaries. He also said anyone with information about the burglary of Kovacs’ office is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.
“It’s too soon in the investigation to make that determination,” Smith said of a connection between the burglaries.
Kovacs was back in business Monday, even though her stock of frames had been depleted. She said she expects her insurance to replace what was stolen.
She also thanked her patients for expressing empathy and showing support.
“I’m hoping we’ll be able to find out more,” Kovacs said.