A heartbroken businesswoman has appealed to the local community for help after discovering this morning, Monday 16th January, that her beauty salon had been burgled over the weekend.
Suzanne O'Neill, known as Suzy, owner of 'Suzy's Makeup & Beauty at The Green Room', based on Hill Street in the town, was shocked at the sight of the brick that was thrown through the shop door window. Expensive barbering equipment and a large amount of make-up kit was found to be stolen.
Suzy has worked in Harryville for three years, before opening her new salon on Hill Street around eight months ago.
The distraught businesswoman hopes that someone might have heard or seen something that could help police to apprehend those involved.
"Please, please, please, if you know anything or have seen or heard anything let me know," said Suzy. "This is my livelihood and to do this to a small business it just isn’t right.
"Chances are those who stole the items will try and sell these things round the town for a quick bit of money. So if anyone tries to sell you any makeup or brushes or any barbering equipment please let us know."
Speaking directly to whoever carried out the crime, Suzy added:
"To whoever you are - shame on you. You clearly don’t know how this feels to work so hard for something and to have to come in and see this has happened. My heart is broke."
The person(s) responsible may have made their way from the scene carrying a large black makeup travel case and a light green bin containing the stolen items.
Police in Ballymena are appealing for witnesses and information following the burglary.
Sergeant McNeill said:
“We received a report that this burglary occurred on Sunday, 15th January sometime between 12pm and 9pm.
“It was reported the door of the commercial premises was smashed and several items had been taken from inside, including a number of beauty and hair products.
“Our investigation is underway and we are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and has any information to call police on 101, quoting reference number 431 of 16/01/23.”
Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org