Photo by John Schreiber.

Police Tuesday circulated security images of a bold thief dubbed the “Ocean’s Eleven” bandit, who took more than $10,000 in merchandise and cash at gunpoint from a sunglass retailer in Canoga Park.

“I can’t remember a robbery so brazen,” said Detective Fernando Avila of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga Station. “Most crooks try to disguise their faces and don’t worry about the cameras, but this crook took a different approach, like a scene out of (the film) `Ocean’s Eleven.”‘

Detectives released security video of the man, who entered the business the morning of July 6 and then spray-painted over the store’s security cameras. The video showing his face was from the Village Shopping Center’s security cameras outside the store.

The suspect was described as white or possibly Middle Eastern, 25-30 years old and about 6 feet tall, with a medium build.

Anyone knowing his identity was urged to call Detective Avila at (818) 756-3520, or (877) LAPD-247.

—City News Service

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