Santa Barbara police were searching for two suspects in a brazen armed robbery of a sunglasses vendor Tuesday afternoon at La Cumbre Plaza.

At about 5:20 p.m., two men approached the Sunglass Hut kiosk inside the Macy’s department store, at 3805 State St., and started removing sunglasses from a display case, Sgt. Ethan Ragsdale told Noozhawk.

“An employee approached the suspects while the theft was occurring, and one suspect brandished a taser,” he said.

Both men then exited the store, Ragsdale said, and fled in a vehicle, possibly a tan GMC Yukon SUV.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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