Halesowen traders left devastated after burglars break into trio of shops

Three local businesses - The Serendipity Rooms, Shams Studio and Katrina & Sue Hair and Beauty Salon in Hagley Road - were all targeted on Monday night.

The Serendipity Rooms, which opened just six months ago, was forced to remain closed yesterday after thousands of pounds worth of branded products, and numerous pieces of essential equipment, were taken by the intruders.

Salon owner, Amie Halligan, doesn't keep cash in the premises overnight but was left gutted after revealing that the stock she lost was worth much more. Speaking on social media, Halligan said:

"If anyone saw anything suspicious last night, or knows anyone who suddenly has an influx of Shellac or LVL products, please let us know. These things can and probably have ruined businesses, but we plan to reopen as soon as possible.

"Thanks to all our friends and customers we’ve scraped together enough stock and treatments to complete this weeks appointments [but] for any new bookings please bear with us while we work out delivery time frames."

The salons main door had the lock ripped off and unbranded stock was left during the raid, leading staff to think the culprits knew what they were looking for. Regular updates will be posted on the salon's Facebook page.

Two other businesses, Shams Salon and Katrina & Sue Hair and Beauty, were also targeted overnight. Staff at Katrina & Sue, which has been a staple in the community for a number of years, said raiders took hundreds of pounds in cash including money that the team of five staff had been put aside to fund a mini-break to celebrate the 'big birthdays' each of them have on the horizon.

West Midlands Police said the burglaries are believed to have happened between 6:30pm on Monday evening abd 8:30am on Tuesday morning. A spokesman for the force said enquiries were continuing and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact the force via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk (between 8am and midnight) quoting crime reference number 20DY/186524V/19.

Alternatively they can call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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