Grace Engel, ClassiCuts Oasis owner looks at the broken door of her north Red Deer salon. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Business owner to run for city council in Red Deer after break in

A north Red Deer business owner whose salon was broken into early Thursday, says she will run for city council in 2021.

“Because I’m tired of this,” Grace Engel, the owner of ClassiCuts Oasis, said Thursday afternoon, referring to the break-in.

The business was also broken into early in the morning in August 2018 – about two and a half years ago. Since then, Engel has been playing with the idea of running for city council.

“I want to see our city pay attention,” she said.

At around 3:45 a.m. Thursday, two males broke into the Kent Street and Taylor Drive area salon. Photos from the security camera show one person breaking down the glass door, and the other stealing all the products in a large black bucket.

The owner said she woke up to calls from the police and the security company.

“About 70 per cent of the product is gone,” Engel said, adding the incident only took about five minutes, the security cameras show.

The 2018 break-in, when the store’s window was broken, cost about $3,000 to repair. This time, that number is estimated to be more than $8,000.

“I’m really, really brokenhearted and frustrated, because I don’t know how I’m going to continue providing for my family at this point.”

She believes crime and unemployment need to change in Red Deer.

Engel said she does not believe the city has a sufficient number of police officers needed for a community of this size. She also wants to change the unemployment scene in Red Deer, which she says is too high, and contributes to ongoing crime.

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