"They were smash and grab burglaries," said Officer J.D. Walker with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Not four, not five, but eight hair salons in Colorado Springs were broken into early Tuesday morning.
"They hit one right after the other," said Officer Walker.
Police believe more than one person is responsible for the smash and grab burglaries.
By now, most of the businesses around town have already erased the mess that the crooks created by installing new windows and doors.
"Glass everywhere, no front door," said Sherrill Oglevie, owner of Sherrill's Shears.
Police don't know what the thieves used to smash their way in.
"In the great scheme of things, yes, it's an inconvenience but it's not near as bad as it could have been," said Oglevie.
Burglars were breaking in and grabbing only one thing, cash registers.
"With-in three to five seconds, they're in and out," said Officer Walker.
Police say the crooks were only interested in fast, hard cash.
"They were looking for money and there's no money in here," said Ann McGee, owner of Accent Hair Inc.
But Oglevie had a bag of money with a few hundred dollars in it, hidden in a draw. "It was here but they didn't find it and it will never be here again," said Oglevie.
Out of the eight businesses that were broken into, Ann McGee was the only one who had an alarm system. McGee says she's now been broken into three times.
"What can we do," said McGee.
Police say there was thousands of dollars worth of property damage and police say the thieves got away with about $500.
Police also say, thieves tend to target places like hair salons because they don't typically have alarm systems or surveillance cameras.
"When they smash and grab and there's no alarm, they have access to the cash register and they grab and run," said Officer Walker.
Police need your help. If you saw something or if you know who did it, call Crimestoppers at 634-STOP. You could earn a cash reward.
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