£12,000 raid on hairdresser’s

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THIEVES scaled a building before stealing more than £12,000-worth of goods from a hair salon.

The brazen burglars struck overnight at Houghton Cutz salon, climbing on to the roof of the Imperial Building business before smashing their way through the roof so they could get inside.

They snatched thousands of pounds worth of exclusive beauty items, including products from GHD, Kerastase, Elemis and Tigi, and raided the petty cash tin, in what salon owner Elaine Bayat believes was a targeted burglary.

Elaine, who has owned the Old Durham Road salon since 1999, said: “It was the first day of my holiday when I got a phone call saying the salon had been broken into.

“They climbed on to the roof, tore some tiles off the roof and broke in through the ceiling.

“They then took boxes of hair products, some that had just been delivered that day, hair straighteners and loads of other goods.

“To me it looked like they knew exactly what they were doing and where they were going. It was almost as if the things were being stolen to order.”

Devastated Elaine said although she has insurance to replace the stolen items, she has been left out of pocket.

She said: “We have a retail area where we have a lot of products for sale and there’s nothing there, the shelves are all bare.

“This really has left a bitter taste in my mouth and has really made me feel really sick that someone can do such a thing.”

Police are investigating the burglary and are urging anyone with any information or anyone who is approached to buy any of the beauty products to contact them.

Neighbourhood police Inspector Graham Finlay, who covers the area, said: “A large quantity of products have been stolen in this burglary which are likely to be sold on and we’d ask anyone who is offered them for sale, or may know anything about who is responsible for the break in to contact police.”

The burglary took place overnight on Friday, April 8.

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.