Po­lice close in on ram- raid gang as three cars are seized

Solihull News - - NEWS - CATHRINA HULSE cathrina. hulse@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

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

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