Thieves clean out shop in second smash and grab

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 25/03/2014
beauty salon burglary

SMASH AND GRAB: Damage caused to the front of the shop by the thieves.

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EMPTY SHELVES: Lets Face It salon co-owner Jan Tuttiett, next to the empty shelves after a smash and grab on the shop over the weekend.

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A popular Palmerston North beauty business has had tens of thousands of dollars worth of product stolen in two smash and grab burglaries in little over a month.

Lets Face It hair and beauty, on Fitzherbert Ave, was ransacked by thieves about 3am yesterday.

It is the second time the business has been targeted by thieves, who last hit the premises on February 22, taking makeup, nail, tanning and body moisturising products.

This time, the business' range of high-end skincare products was taken.

The burglaries have shocked Jan Tuttiett, who owns the business with her daughters Claire and Sarah. It had been operating for 12 years and had never had a break-in before, she said.

Regarding yesterday's burglary, Mrs Tuttiett said security footage showed two masked and gloved intruders drive a van or similar up to the doors of the premises, and attempt to break the glass frontage with an outdoor table.

When that failed, they smashed through using a rock, and proceeded to sweep the shelves clean of skincare products into a wheelie bin.

They then scoured the reception area and a beauty room, opening cupboards and drawers and attempting to get into the empty till.

Skincare products from Dermaquest, Aspect, Dermalogica, Osmosis and Indio were taken.

Mrs Tuttiett said she believed the latest burglary could be linked to last month's, where a single thief wearing a mask, gloves and a hoodie, broke in using a brick to smash the glass.

That person gathered beauty items into a wicker basket and also tried their luck around the reception area, before leaving.

The items taken in the February burglary were Jane Iredale makeup, Coola sunscreen, Jojoba skincare, body product brands Cuccio and Mancine, Zoya nail polish, and Eco-Tan Sudo tanning products.

The products from the February burglary had since been replaced, but were touched in the latest round, Mrs Tuttiett said.

Both burglaries were over in a matter of minutes.

Mrs Tuttiett said the business was fully insured, and it was open again yesterday, but additional security measures would be looked at.

She urged people to keep an eye out for products from the stolen brands being sold online, possibly at a cut price.

Detective Sergeant Ashley Gurney said police would like to hear from any witnesses in the area about the time of yesterday's burglary. Anyone with information is asked to call the Palmerston North station on 351 3600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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