Omagh beauty salon targeted by intruder in early hours

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Omagh beauty salon targeted by intruder in early hours thumbnailThe damage which was done to the suspended ceiling at the Beauty Loft, High Street, Omagh in the early hours of Friday

THE owner of a beauty salon is Omagh has issued an appeal to a pedestrian who unwittingly walked past a thief who had just broken into her premises in the early hours of Friday last.

Both the police and salon owner, Shauna Woods, are continuing to search for clues following the break-in. The thief burst through a skylight, took out an extractor fan and a wooden panel before going through a suspended ceiling to reach the contents.

Shauna Woods, owner of The Beauty Loft, at 41 High Street, said she was shocked at how calm the burglar was after she was able to watch him on CCTV.

"I was totally shocked, I just could not believe that this has happened to us. We have never been broken into like this before. It is not something we ever thought about but whoever this was, they knew what they were doing and knew exactly what they were looking for."

Ms Woods said she was shocked watching the thief on CCTV calmly opening drawers, packing away the products into bags which he took out of the shop.

"It definitely looks like it was planned. Whoever it was was in no panic or hurry at all. He must have been in there for around an hour-and-a-half."

It is understood the thief left the goods for over an hour in the car park beside Foundry Lane before a pick-up vehicle arrived around 4am to collect the stolen items.

"I am hoping that because it was a Thursday night, there might have been someone who saw what was happening. I hope that other businesses in the town realise just how easily this could happen. When I watched the CCTV, I noticed a pedestrian walked past the thief as he was loading his car. I would appeal to that person to get in touch and maybe help us identify whoever was responsible. There was also a car facing the salon off Foundry Lane car park, but I'm not sure if it was a lookout vehicle or the thief. Again if anyone can help please get in touch," she said.

While Ms Woods closed her salon for police to carry out investigations on Friday, she posted several images of the incident on her shop's Facebook page to illustrate what had happened.

Police are appealing for information. The shop partly re-opened on Saturday and is fully back in business this week

"Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Omagh Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1470 of 22/06/17. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111," said a spokesman.


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