Owner: Thief steals more than $4k in barber shop equipment

Barbershop robbery

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Grand Rapids barber shop and salon is picking up the pieces after its business was broken into over the weekend.

Jael Rodriguez, the owner of Genesis Salon, on Leonard Street, says she received a call from her landlord on Monday morning saying her shop was broken into. She walked in to discover, flat irons, curling irons, and clippers were stolen. 

A value, Rodriguez says is more than $4,000.

"Its my tools to work," she said. "It's like carpentry, if they take your stuff what are you left to work with? Even if you have a space, but no tools? It's a struggle."

Rodriguez believes the thief came through the neighboring business and made his way in through a back door, clearing the shop of some of its most expensive items.

"It truly affects us because we lost money," she said.  "I'm not very rich to go to the store and buy all my equipment again so it was pretty upsetting." 

Rodriguez had to close up shop on Tuesday, a lack of equipment meant limited clients. But Rodriguez is cutting out the anger and hoping whoever did this, thinks twice before their next crime.

"Equipment can be recovered but if you commit a crime, down the line you're going to get caught," she said. "This might look small to him but you know how that goes, you start with something small and keep climbing and you can really get in trouble, because it could really affect his life."

Rodriguez has since been able to replace some of the items stolen but is still missing a lot of the expensive pieces.

She is taking clients but of course is limited in what services she can provide.

She is getting in touch with Grand Rapids Police to look into this matter.

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