BURGLARS stole up to £12,000 worth of products in a raid on a Henley hair salon.
The break-in happened at Dorata Hairdressing in Hart Street between 5.30pm on Saturday and 8.30am on Monday.
The raiders got in by forcing open a rear window and then unlocking the back door from the inside.
The theft was discovered by salon manager Andrea Dorata when he arrived for work on Monday.
He found that cash had been taken from the till, shelves had been cleared of products and that more had been stolen from the salons cellar, which had been forced open. The business had been restocked last week and the intruders took Kerastase and LOreal Professionnel products.
Salon owner Angelo Dorata estimated he had lost between £10,000 and £12,000 of hair products and £500 to £600 worth of equipment, including clippers, scissors and combs.
He shut the salon on Monday as a police forensic team examined the scene and then the staff cleared up.
Mr Dorata said: I sent everybody home. It affected the normal running of the business because we had to call lots of customers and cancel or move appointments.
Three people came in to purchase products and couldnt because they had been stolen. They were very understanding.
This has really upset us because we have had to work hard to get to the point where we are but it wont stop me moving on and going forward it has made me more determined.
He believes the break-in happened on Sunday night or in the early hours of Monday as the car park at the back of the premises is usually busy with people on a Saturday.
He also believes the raiders were disturbed because a crowbar and screwdriver had been left on a counter in the staff room near the back door along with some of the hair products.
Mr Dorata said he would now improve security at the salon, which will celebrate its 11th anniversary on November 11.
PC Neil Templey, who is investigating the break-in, said: The products stolen are high quality and we anticipate the offenders will try to sell them on at local sales or markets.
We would be interested in hearing from anyone who notices such products being sold in the Reading or Oxford areas.
Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police
enquiry centre on 101