RCMP investigate two break-ins at Red Deer hair salons

RCMP investigate two break-ins at Red Deer hair salons

An estimated $1,000 worth of professional hair products and colours stolen

A Red Deer hair salon owner is disappointed after her store was broken into, but the single mom wants to move forward.

Grace Engel, ClassiCuts Oasis owner, said she woke up to a call from RCMP around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday.

“The window was shot at and a bunch of products and supplies were stolen, electronics and just a huge mess,” said Engel Thursday.

Red Deer RCMP are looking for suspects who broke into two hair salons and stole significant amounts of hair products this week.

In the first break-in at ClassiCuts Oasis Wednesday, RCMP responded to a report of possible shots fired in the Kentwood neighbourhood, in conjunction with an alarm indicating a window had been broken at the hair salon on Kent Street.

Police recovered a shell casing and determined that the window had been shot, presumably to gain access to the salon. An estimated $1,000 worth of professional hair products and colours were stolen from the salon.

When Engel first heard the news, she was disappointed and throwing up from stress.

“But I see crime everywhere and it’s just not going to get us down,” said the salon owner, adding her salon is a happy place and she wants to keep it that way.

The Red Deer business owner said the suspects got in through the salon’s side window, and out the same way.

The 35-year-old is a single mom who purchased the salon about two and a half years ago. She said she is looking at damages around $8,000 which will be covered by insurance.

“The window, the desk, the computer is completely trashed because there’s glass lodged into everything,” she said.

Shortly before 6 a.m. today, police responded to a break-in at a beauty supply business on 45 St. and 55 Ave. A truck backed through the glass window to gain access to the salon, causing significant damage, police said. Thieves stole a large number of hair extensions and unknown quantities of professional hair products.

RCMP believe the two early morning break-ins on Wednesday and Thursday may be related.

If you have information about these crimes, contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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