Police are preparing a public appeal for information about a burglary at the Cutting Company, hairdressers on the main Yelverton shops parade, last Thursday night.
It actually happened on the Friday morning of the night of Dec 28-29 about 1.10 am.
The shop has been burgled before and an upgraded alarm system alerted a watch company which contacted the owners and police. But by the time they got there, the thief was gone, after just one minute and 20 seconds with bells going off all round him.
He struck lucky with the till, which should be emptied nightly but had £600 left in it after a long day.
He looked for GHD hair straighteners, retailing at £`160, but only found empty display boxes.
Hairdressing products and tools are an easy black market, with bottles of potion retailing at £40 upwards, and they were the target last time the shop got burgled, four years ago, clearly by professionals.
The partners in the business, Jayne Bacon and Belinda Bowen, then invested in stronger doorways and better alarms and cameras and have now accepted they must do even more.
Meanwhile, the thief, a long skinny white youth in tracksuit, baseball cap, and what look like Nike Airmax 110 trainers (possibly 95s), was able to get in by smashing a toughened glass pane out of its setting with a lump of granite and then crawling through.
The Yelverton parade is vulnerable at night and crime has cost the traders there a lot. In the early hours of New Year’s Day, drunken kids were pushing burning paper into the postbox and through letterboxes, according to another local businessman.
Cutting Co. employs 22 people.
Nobody yet has any guidance on vehicles involved but there were lights on Meavy Lane just prior to the incident. Official police statement will follow here.
Meanwhile, if contacting police, quote crime reference CR/112534/17.
Hoping for a happier new year: Jayne Bacon and Belinda Bowen