GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are looking for the person or persons who broke into a pair of hair salons.
Red Carpet Salon and Point Spa Salon and Boutique, both in Gonzales, were targeted by thieves. The burglars possibly caused more damage to the businesses than the money they got away with, which was less than $25 total.
Daryl Goetzman, the owner of Red Carpet Salon, was taking care of clients Wednesday who were eager to get their hair cut, colored and styled in time for Thanksgiving. The conversation, as people waited for their appointments, turned to the crime committed at his business.
"I checked for things missing and went straight to the cameras," Goetzman said. "What I saw was shocking, heartbreaking and made my stomach turn."
The surveillance video from inside his salon shows that late Monday night, a man was looking inside the salon before stepping back and busting through the front door. He hurried to the cash register. Another camera just above the burglar's head showed him looking around and going for the cash drawer. He was gone in 20 seconds.
"He took the whole change drawer. Got way with maybe $1.50," Goetzman explained.
Goetzman said he has an alarm with a motion detector, but it failed.
Just across town, near Pelican Point, another salon was hit a few hours later.
Charlotte Watkins, the owner of The Point, said a jogger noticed her front door was shattered and called her with the news.
"I hurried up and got in my car and came over here," Watkins said. "I wasn't expecting $20.00 to be missing."
Watkins stated she has surveillance cameras, but just hadn't installed them yet. She said it is now a priority.
Goetzman hopes the quick clip his cameras picked up will help investigators catch his burglar.
"I didn't lose a lot, but you don't want that person on the street hitting cars, houses, so many other things a person like that could get into," Goetzman added.
Authorities said it is too early in the investigation to determine whether the two break-ins are connected.
If you recognize the man in the surveillance video, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.