A HAIRDRESSER who lost hundreds of pounds of stock in a break-in has warned salons to be on their guard after a spate of burglaries.
Leroy Mark had 15 pairs of valuable GHD hair straighteners stolen when thieves raided his Cleveleys salon – and he is not the only stylist to have been targeted.
Police are linking the break-in at Mr Mark’s Ramper Gate premises – Le’roy Mark Hairdressing – with a burglary at Rory Blair Salon, in Fleetwood, which saw thousands of pounds worth of GHDs stolen, while Kathian’s, in North Shore, has also fallen victim to thieves in the last month.
And Mr Mark said: “I’ve spoken to quite a few of my friends who have salons just to warn them not to have things on display, we take ours home now.
“GHDs are high value and they are easily re-sellable so I think that’s what thieves are looking for.
“It was a lot of stock to have taken and it meant we couldn’t sell any GHDs when people wanted them in the run-up to Christmas.
“There was also the inconvenience of the glass in the door being smashed and customers had to go round the back of the premises.”
The thieves struck at Mr Mark’s Salon between 8.15pm on December 21 and 7.10am on December 22, and stole around £1,500 of stock.
The Fleetwood burglary happened around three weeks earlier, between December 1 and 4, and saw more than £4,000 of stock stolen, including 12 gift wrapped GHD straighteners and nine sets of salon-use GHD straighteners.
Several pairs of scissors and a heated roller machine were also taken.
PC Ian Hill, of Lancashire Police, said: “I would appeal to anybody with any information about either burglary to contact police.
“In particular I’d like to hear from anybody in the area that has been offered GHD hair straighteners for sale or anyone locally who has been given them as a gift.”
At Kathian’s, on Holmfield Road, thieves stole styling products and £1,000 worth of jewellery, as well as a charity tin.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.