Authorities investigate salon break-ins

by: Linzi Sheldon Updated:

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WOODINVILLE, Wash. -  Police are investigating after a string of break-ins targeting local hair salons.

The King County Sheriff's Office responded with its helicopter to what appeared to be an attempted burglary at the HairMasters salon in Woodinville Saturday morning.

"They obviously took a big hammer and just smashed it because most of the glass was in," Carol Robertson said, showing KIRO 7 the wooden boards covering a shattered window.

"You definitely feel violated personally," she said.

Deputies didn't catch anyone and nothing was taken but Robertson thinks something just scared thieves away; in July thieves broke through a similar window at the front of the store.

They stole four hair straighteners worth more than $100 each.

She showed KIRO the deep lines on the side of their safe from when the thieves tried to cut through it.

"So you cant help but wonder, were they coming back to finish the job?" she said.

KIRO 7 discovered a similar burglary just this past week.

On Friday, just a day before the Hairmasters incident, police responded to a burglary at the Great Clips salon less than half a mile away. Thieves broke through a side window there, cut into the safe and got away with a little more than $100.

Woodinville police also confirmed that someone broke a window at the salon the previous week. Employees said the window was just fixed the day before the break-in.

They told KIRO 7 it's the fifth time there's been a break-in or attempted break-in at the salon in the past year.

The break-ins are surprising to customers like Kathy Mier, who's a regular at HairMasters.

"I would hope that police would start cracking down on surveillance of this area a little bit stricter," she said.

Robertson is considering surveillance of her own, like cameras or an alarm system, to catch anyone who tries to target them again.