Shears thief hits 3 shops in Balto. County

September 03, 1998|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan contributed to this article.

The shears-stealing that has trimmed inventory at Sally Beauty Supply stores in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties appears to have moved north into Baltimore County, police said yesterday.

Three Sally stores were robbed in the last two days, said Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey. In all three incidents, a man demanded a bag be filled with electric hair shears, Toohey said.

"We were hoping to make some progress yesterday, but lo and behold, they weren't where we expected them to be because they went to Baltimore," Cpl. Michael D. Montgomery, Prince George's police spokesman, said yesterday.

In the past month, there have been more than a dozen cases of shears and scissors being stolen from Sally Beauty Supply stores in Maryland. The most recent robbery in Prince George's was Aug. 20; in Anne Arundel, Aug. 27, according to police.

In the two southern counties, police said, the thieves worked in groups and took scissors and electric shears. In Baltimore County, a man demanded electric shears but no scissors.

The Sally Beauty Supply stores robbed yesterday were at 7927 Belair Road in Fullerton and 8922 Waltham Woods Road in Carney. Tuesday's robbery occurred at 1819 York Road in Timonium.

The same man appears to have robbed all three stores, Toohey said. He is described as black, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 170 pounds and about 25 years old.

David Margulies, spokesman for Sally Beauty Co., said he estimated the stolen merchandise amounted to a few hundred dollars per store. He said the company has been baffled by thieves who steal only hair-cutting tools.

"The thing that is intriguing is that someone would risk going to prison to do this," Margulies said. "You could get a minimum-wage job and make more money than you're going to make selling this stuff on the flea market."

Pub Date: 9/03/98

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