Thieves target two Lakeville beauty salons

Thieves broke into two Lakeville beauty salons, stealing equipment, products and computers last week.

Jacquelyn LeMonnier, manager at Salon Onyx, said she arrived to work Saturday morning and found the door pried open and items missing.

Among the stolen equipment from the Lakeville salon at Cedar Avenue and Dodd Boulevard was a computer, shears worth $200-$500 each, professional flat irons and hair products.

As in most salons, the tools are the property of each stylist.

“These are all items they purchased themselves,” LeMonnier said.

The salon’s computer included the salon’s appointment calendar for the year, but it did not have any client credit card information on it, LeMonnier said.

Information about clients stored on the computer was limited to past and future appointment dates, color formulas, products purchased, discounts they may qualify for and if they are members of the salon’s loyalty program.

LeMonnier said stylists continued providing service by sharing equipment. Salon owner Amy Sullivan immediately replaced the computer. The store is adding more security.

Lakeville police Chief Tom Vonhof said a similar break-in happened at A-Nu-U Salon, located at the mall at County Road 70 and I-35.

He said that break-in was discovered Monday.

Gwindle Aryeetey, owner of A-Nu-U Salon, said her business computer and $174 in cash was stolen.

She also said there was no client credit card information on the computer, but the theft forced her to close the business for a day to install new locks, change business accounts and add security.

“It’s going to cost me a lot,” Aryeetey said. “I’m sorry it happened to me and to the other salon, too. It’s hard when you work hard for something and you put all you have into what you do and someone takes it from you.”

Vonhof said it was unusual to have two salons broken into at the same time, noting the thieves used the same method of entry at both locations.

LeMonnier said they have remained open and operating, although it has been difficult to schedule appointments since they are not sure if they are booking appointments on top of each other.

She is asking clients who had future appointments scheduled to call the salon to get them scheduled again with no conflicts.