Salon in Grimsby burgled TWICE in five days - and owners believe it was the same offenders
ONE burglary is heartbreaking enough, but these women have been targeted by thieves again in five days.
Hayleigh Johnson, 33, and her work partner Natalie Lawson, 28, who own The Salon, in Brighowgate, in Grimsby, say it could take years to build their business back up.
Both have cancelled several appointments for clients because thieves have struck twice in less than a week.
As reported, more than £2,000 worth of beauty products and £200 from the till were taken from the salon last Thursday.
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On Monday night, they were distraught to discover that thieves had broken through a security grill and stole a hairdressing scissors pouch worth £500.
Single mum Natalie relies on the salon for a regular income but now fears she will be out of pocket.
She said: "The culprits only care about themselves and not the people who are left behind – we are devastated."
Following the first break-in, the pair and their landlady covered the window of the shop with a metal grill.
"We thought the bars would deter people, but obviously not," said Natalie.
"It is so upsetting to see our business being wrecked. We have worked so hard to build our hair and beauty business up over eight years.
"We were so excited to have opened The Salon in December but it feels so disappointing now.
"We think thieves took what they could the first time round and came back for more.
"It does seem very strange to us though, as to anyone who was not in the hairdressing industry, the scissors pouch would seem worthless."
The women are now working with their insurers and have been grateful for the help received so far since they appeared in the Grimsby Telegraph on Friday following the first incident.
Hayleigh said: "Other salons have offered us their extra products and another business offered to secure the salon for free. It is all overwhelming but I am heartbroken that my livelihood has been taken from me for what may be petty cash to someone else.
"We will try to continue business as best we can and with what money we have left, we will start buying in products so not to lose our customers altogether.
"We are not closing but it will be a struggle."
At the time of going to press, Humberside Police were unable to provide a comment. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to contact them on 101.