Falmouth Police help catch Sunglass Haven thieves

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Thieves ran off with sunglasses but were later arrested, police said. — Michael Cummo

Tisbury Police Detective Kindia Roman said Tuesday, Sept. 8, that two suspects involved with the theft of four sunglasses valued at more than $1,500 from Sunglass Haven on Main Street in Vineyard Haven on Monday have been identified with the assistance of Falmouth Police.

John Estrela, 34, of Falmouth, and Spencer Delangavant-Sahr, 21, of Chilmark, were already in Falmouth court on an unrelated charge when Falmouth police recognized photos of the two individuals wanted in connection with the thefts that Tisbury Police had posted on Facebook, Det. Roman said. Mr. Delangavant-Sahr may have just been in court “as a support to his friend,” Det. Roman said Monday, Sept. 14.

The two men, who live in Falmouth, were visiting the Island, she said. At 1 pm Sunday, one suspect entered the store and distracted the store owner, Peter Webster, in the back of the store. Suspect two then entered the store and wrapped four pairs of high-end glasses in a shirt. When the men took off, Mr. Webster went after them. He caught up with them on Union Street, where he demanded they return the glasses. They returned two pairs of glasses. Mr. Webster was unaware that the men were concealing two more pairs, each worth about $395, Det. Roman said.

On Monday, Det. Roman said Mr. Estrela had been charged with receiving stolen property. Mr. Delangavant-Sahr’s involvement had not yet been determined, she said, pending an investigation by Falmouth police.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that both suspects were charged with shoplifting. Mr. Delangavant-Sahr was not charged.