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Beauty store break-ins take ugly toll

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Someone got away with more than $13,000 worth of supplies Sunday from two beauty store break-ins in Stafford County that police say are related.

Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the first heist took place at the 4 U Beauty Supply store at 11 Hope Road near the courthouse. Deputy Joseph Floirendo found the front door glass shattered and display cabinets knocked over when he responded to an alarm notification.

A business representative determined that higher-priced items in the store, including several boxes of hair clippers and human hair extensions, were stolen. The value of the missing items was determined to be about $10,000.

Later that morning, Kennedy said, an alarm went off at Mega Beauty Supply at 367 Warrenton Road in southern Stafford. Someone apparently entered the store by putting a hole in the front glass door and took about $3,000 worth of items, mostly hair clippers.

Witnesses reported seeing two suspicious people in the area prior to that burglary.

One was described as a black male, 5-feet-10-inches to 6-feet-2-inches tall, about 300 pounds and wearing a black jacket and white T-shirt. The other was a black female between 5-feet-4 inches and 5-feet-8-inches tall wearing a gray sweatshirt with white stripes.

Anyone with information about either theft is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 540/659-2020.

Kennedy said police suspect that the same people committed both burglaries, along with a similar theft in Prince William County that occurred about 90 minutes before the first Stafford incident.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404