Police: Burglars targeting Phoenix, Scottsdale salons

A Scottsdale salon is missing about $4,000 worth of hair-care products after burglars broke in early Tuesday morning, the owner said. It was the latest in a recent string of salon break-ins in the area, Scottsdale police said.

At 5:08 a.m., a landscaping river rock was thrown through the front glass door, shattering the glass. Security footage shows two masked men dragging two large trash cans to shelves of high-end hair-care items, including a lot of “Oribe” products.

“They definitely knew what they were looking for, and they knew exactly where to go,” said La Lou owner Lindsey Smith, who opened the salon almost six years ago. “Either they’ve been here before or they’ve been scoping it out.”

The robbers did not take anything from the cash register, Smith said.

On Sept. 10, Dre’s Hair Salon, which is located less than half a mile away from La Lou’s on the Greenway Hayden Loop, was broken into as well, police said. A large rock was thrown through the glass door shortly before 6 a.m., shattering the door and the salon’s glass front desk. There was evidence of large containers being dragged across the floor, hair-care products were taken and the cash registers were left untouched, police said.

On Aug. 16, there was a break-in at the Mirror Image Salon on Shea Boulevard, about 6 miles away from the other two, the Phoenix Police Department said. The owner of Mirror Image declined to comment.

According to Scottsdale Police Sgt. Mark Clark, the Scottsdale break-ins are not being treated as a coincidence. “We have two cases in Scottsdale,” said Clark. “We (believe) there is a connection.”

Dre’s Hair Salon has security cameras, but they were not working two weeks ago.

“I came in and I saw that the video cameras were not recording,” owner Andre Aronica said.

A large river rock that apparently shattered the glass door and front desk was found on the floor. Containers apparently used in the break-in engraved lines on the wood floor.

An estimated $8,000 of high-end hair-care products was stolen from Dre’s, including styling gels, creams, “Unite” items and “Eminence” skin-care products.

“They left the less-expensive lines of shampoos and conditioners here …” said Brittany Budzynski, the general manager and salon coordinator. “It sounds silly that people would steal hair products, but it’s high-end stuff and has tremendous value.”

Dre’s Hair Salon makes special orders for hair and skin products for their clients. After the break-in, the business had to contact clients to explain that certain products had to be reordered. Dre’s was still awaiting the reordered shipments after two weeks.

The high-end hair-care products stolen range from $25 to $80 per item, and some of the skin-care products cost more than $100 a bottle.


Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2014/09/24/phoenix-scottsdale-hair-salon-burglaries-abrk/16177861/