Thieves targeting hair salons for expensive equipment

Updated: 12/09/2013 5:42 PM | Created: 12/09/2013 5:39 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Bandits are targeting local hair salons and they're after something much more valuable than petty cash.

It's a good thing Rockit Hair Studio in Nob Hill is closed on Mondays, because instead of spending the day sweeping up hair, they're picking up glass.

"The door was open when I guess the police got here," hair stylist Mariel Buteau said.

The salon's double pane door was no match for burglars early Monday morning.

"They must have just used like a hammer or something they had to get through the door," Buteau said.

Once inside, they bypassed the shop's expensive hair products and headed straight for the work stations. They searched for stainless steel, handmade cutting sheers. They're "gold" in the styling industry.

"But we do have an alarm system and cameras, so I think once that started going off, they got scared and left," she said.

Buteau says it's troubling that the thieves seem to know exactly what will pay off.

"A nice pair of sheers is going to be between $200 and $500, usually," she said.

The burglars may have gotten away things, Buteau says, had it not been for nearby Chop Hair Studio which warned them after they got hit up about a week and a half ago.

"We're thankful that we knew and we took our stuff home and nothing was taken," she said.

And it's not just Chop Hair Studio Buteau says has fallen victim.

Trio Salon on Carlisle says it's been hit up twice.

Rockit is worried the bandits will come back, even though surveillance cameras are rolling. Most of all, Buteau hates to think this knowledgeable culprit just might work in the same industry.

"Whoever's doing it, is just, it's just really low because they know that we pay for all of it and it's all just going to come out of our pocket," she said.

It's not known if the salon's surveillance video captured anything. APD says they've been investigating burglaries at hair salons and yoga studios.

As of now, detectives don't know if the same bandits are targeting the hair salons.

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