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VIDEO: Clumsy thieves caught on camera breaking into Normal Heights salon

Posted at 4:22 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 21:10:26-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A couple of thieves hosted an unintentional comedy act after surveillance cameras captured them making a huge mess inside a Normal Heights salon.

Salon Bordeaux is reaching a big milestone.

"We are getting ready to celebrate our 14th anniversary here on Adams Avenue," salon co-owner, Laura Price said.

But Price in not quite ready to celebrate.

"Somebody threw a rock through a window and climbed through," Price said.

Just before 2:30 a.m. Friday, their surveillance cameras caught two people attempting a smash-and-grab at the salon. One of the men threw a rock through the side window and climbed through. The two headed straight to the counter.

They pried open the cash drawer with a crowbar and took off. But not before one of them tripped over and broke the side table. He then realized he forgot his crowbar, so he climbed back in to get it, and hurried off.

But Price said the joke's on them.

"Fortunately, we do not keep any cash in the salon overnight, so they didn't get much, except for hopefully some injury from the glass," Price joked.

This isn't their first break-in. Almost four years ago to the day, Salon Bordeaux was one of 15 small businesses in Normal Heights to be a victim of burglary. Back then, criminals got away with $2,000, their client appointment book, and computer.

"We learned a lot from the first incident, and this time we were ready," Price said.

Since then, they installed multiple security cameras. They never leave cash overnight and instilled new safety practices. So this time, the clumsy thieves made off with nothing.

"We just want to spread the word and make sure that other businesses are as prepared as we were this time. It could've been a lot worse. None of the staff was hurt, and really, all we have to do is deal with the glass and replacing it," Price said.

San Diego Police has not made any arrests at this time. If you recognize the men or have any information regarding this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.