Thieves target high-end hair care products at valley salons

Three separate salons have been targeted by thieves over the past year. In all three robberies the crooks targeted very specific, and very expensive items.

And early Tuesday morning, a fourth salon was broken into.

The robbers again took high priced products, making off with tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise.

The owner believes her shop was the latest target in this salon crime spree.

The crooks and the methods in this latest smash and grab incident have a lot in common with at least three other robberies in the past year.

The two thieves with covered faces, two garbage bins, left with tens of thousands of Aveda Hair Products vanished within a matter of minutes.

"Sick to my stomach, you know I've worked long and hard for that," said Yvette Camet.

That is how the owner of Salon Rituals in Peoria felt when she watched the surveillance video of two thieves ransacking her salon. They went straight for the popular and expensive Aveda Hair Products.

"They broke through our front door here with a big rock, and they came in with big garbage tubs, and they cleared our shelves," said Camet.

It's the same MO as three other robberies at salons in the valley that carry Aveda products.

There are only a couple dozen salons in the area that do. Salon Rituals is the fourth shop to come forward with surveillance video of what looks like the same thieves taking the same type of products.

"I believe it is the same group of people, I suspect they come into the salon prior, it only took them a minute and a half to clear our shelves," she said.

Although she was able to clean the shop up and replace the glass in time to keep her customers appointments Tuesday. Her shelves are practically empty.

Camet says the stolen goods will probably end up being sold online, where it is often scooped up by customers who don't want to pay the full retail price.

Some of the products sell for more than $100 a piece.

The Salon's owner says a witness was able to take down a license plate and give police a description of the getaway car, an older model silver sedan with one red door.

Salon owners are hoping the police have better leads this time, and can finally put an end to this apparent robbery spree.

Peoria Police have not officially linked the incidents, but only say they are still investigating.
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