Police close in on ram- raid gang as three cars are seized
POLICE are a step closer to solving a crimping crimewave across Solihull after seizing three cars thought to be involved in a series of salon break- ins.
The cars are being forensically examined after being found abandoned.
Several hair salons have been targeted across Knowle and Dorridge.
Crooks stole expensive GHD hair styling equipment and cash from Francesco Hair Group after crashing a car into the Station Road business at 11.30pm on Wednesday, September 6.
It is believed to be the third salon in the area targeted by thieves in recent weeks with thousands of pounds worth of expensive hair appliances, including GHDs and other stock, stolen. Some were limited edition brands and detectives are now asking borough residents to look out for any goods being sold cheaply.
The loot from Francesco’s included designer straighteners, tongs, hairdryers and products displayed on a stand in the shop window, which the thieves swiped after crashing a Honda Concerto into the salon.
Kerry Stewart, franchisee of the popular salon, said: “The cost will probably run into thousands.
“They smashed a car into the door and that was hanging off its hinges.
“The whole framework will have to be repaired.”
Chief Inspector Colin Barnes, from Solihull neighbourhood taskforce, said: “We do believe that these burglaries are linked and we are following up several lines of enquiry to identify the offenders.
“Meanwhile we have stepped up police patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the business community.
“I would urge anyone with information which could assist the investigation to contact us on 101,” he added.
The damage caused to the door of the salon in Station Road