The break-ins took place in the southern part of Sheffield city – three of them happened on the same night – causing hairdressers to be thousands of pounds out of pocket. However CCTV footage has been revealed.
It is believed that all burglaries were targeted and look to have been carried out by the same gang.
Cheryl Claxton, aged 52, said burglars stole £4000 worth of equipment from the St James salon she has owned for 30 years on Abbeydale Road South, Millhouses.
She added “They stole scissors – which are specialist and cost up to £500 each, brushes, hair products and even our toaster.”
“It all seems very odd because they have left other equipment which might cost more but have focused on the hair products.”
“We think they must have targeted us on the same night as the others and it must be linked. People are saying they may be stealing to order as someone might be setting up a salon on the quiet.”
It is believed the raid happened sometime between when they closed on Tuesday at 3pm and reopened on Thursday at 9am.
Two other salons were hit overnight on Wednesday.
They targeted Sweeny 5 on Abbeydale Road and stole £1500 worth of products, including scissors, clippers and hairdryers.
CCTV footage showed two men, one wearing a baseball cap, breaking a back door and raiding the shop at about 1am.
The CCTV footage is an important piece of evidence in the enquiry and a strong starting point in finding the burglar’s.
Owner Jil Modoni, aged 51, said: “It makes us angry because we have lost a lot of products and had to close up shop for a few hours”
Parachute on Hickmott Road, Sharrow Vale, was also hit a short while after.
The owner, who did not give his name, said they had smashed a window to gain entry and stole expensive scissors, a hairdryer and hair straighteners.
Meanwhile a fortnight ago, thieves ransacked the Hush Hair Beauty Salon & Spa in Hutcliffe Wood Road, Woodseats.
A member of staff said they made off with scissors, hair straighteners and beauty products sometime between Saturday, July 1, at about 5pm and Monday, July 3, at 10am.
A Spokesperson from South Yorkshire Police said: “At this early stage of inquiries, we can’t confirm whether the incidents are linked and work is underway to establish the full circumstances of each incident.
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