Hair salon thief strikes

Shampoo, equipment, credit card slips taken

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Laura Stamp couldn't believe her eyes when she walked into her almost unrecognizable Steamboat Springs hair salon Monday morning.

Hair mousse covered much of the salon, including its books and shelves, and bottles of shampoo and conditioner were strewn about the floor, as were the salon's plants.

Police think that Sunday night or early Monday morning, a thief or thieves broke into Dancing Scissors by Laura Stamp, ransacked the place and stole more than $1,000 in merchandise and salon equipment.

"To have this happen is just devastating," Stamp said.

Stamp -- who rents her salon space on Lincoln Avenue -- said Hemp Essentials owner Heather Howell, who subleases part of Stamp's space, discovered the crime and immediately called police.

"(Howell) called me and said, 'Guess what? Our door is down. The cops are on the way. Our shop is really messed up,'" Stamp said.

Police Capt. Joel Rae said he and another police officer responded to Howell's call at about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Rae said the thief or thieves entered the shop through its front door.

According to police reports, the thief or thieves took about 30 CDs, several bottles of shampoo and conditioner, other hair products, a blow dryer, Stamp's clientele list and credit card re--ceipts from Howell's business.

Rae said the most troublesome part of the crime is the missing credit card receipts of Howell's clients and Stamp's personal statements, which also included credit card information.

"For obvious reasons, it's very important to protect all of your personal information -- including credit card receipts. We're recommending (salon clients) cancel their credit cards to eliminate any identity theft or credit card fraud," he said.

Stamp said she does not keep her clients' credit card information, cash or checks at her salon.

Stamp also is concerned that the thief or thieves made off with her personal credit card statements, her son's savings bond and a clientele list she had been building for 8 1/2 years.

"What bothers me the most is the information (the thieves) have on my clients. It's sad," she said.

"What these people took can't be replaced easily. They took my business licenses, my son's saving bond. It's so invasive. They even have my address," she said.

Some of Stamp's clients have told her she was lucky she wasn't at the salon when the burglary occurred, but Stamp said she would have preferred to have been there.

"It doesn't intimidate me. The older I get, the more I say 'Bring it on.' I'm not going to let some punk ruin the ambience of my salon," she said.

"Bring it on, buddy. I play hockey. I have a hockey stick. I wish I was there," she said. "It's just so rude."

Stamp said she thought the burglary was a little humorous because of the random things the thief or thieves took and how hard it must have been for them to stumble around the salon in the dark.

"Whoever did this wasn't very smart. I can't figure it out. It just wasn't done very well," she said.

Although she can joke about the burglary, Stamp said she's very upset about the incident.

"I think people need to be aware that even though this is Steamboat Springs, and we'd all like to think it's still safe to leave our doors unlocked, that it is changing. We need to be aware of that change and be smart," she said.

Rae said the burglary is under investigation and encourages residents who think their credit card receipts might have been stolen to contact the police department and their banks.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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