Saturday, May 29, 2010

Blades of steal

It’s one thing to wait a few minutes to get a haircut.

Quite another to have to wait around for the police to take fingerprints.

I stopped by the First Choice Hair Salon on Elizabeth Avenue in St. John’s Friday afternoon and encountered a locked door.

I looked through the door’s window to see a crowd of bulletproof vests interviewing haircutters and their clients.

I watched as a young man, 15 or so, signed a statement handed to him by the officer who had taken it down.

A lady who had arrived earlier for her hair appointment told me that the salon had been held up a few minutes earlier by two men with knives.

It was about 2:30 in the afternoon when I arrived on scene, son in tow.

The salon is off a busy intersection in east end St. John’s, with Canadian Tire just around the corner.

I’m tempted to write “daring” daylight robbery.

But “daring” has an intelligent ring to it.

I moved on to the next salon up the road, where one of the stylists expressed surprise that robbers would target a business such as theirs.

Most people pay with credit card or debit, she said, with little money ever in the till.

And definitely no cigarettes to steal.

"Desperate” daylight robbery, I'll call it.

The scariest kind, I imagine.
The Telegram reported later that “two male suspects entered the store armed with a knife", so I guess there was only one blade between them.

They got away with an “undisclosed” amount of cash.

Both suspects were under 25 and wearing hoodies.
There were no injuries, and, unfortunately, no video.

But then who robs a hair salon?
I skimmed the local media for robberies as of late.

VOCM reports that two men, armed with “a” knife, robbed a gas station in Mount Pearl at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday morning.

They got away with cash – and cigarettes. No one was hurt.

I came across another interesting crime this past week, although nothing to do with blades.

The Constabulary made a plea for the public’s help in connection with a drag race on the Outer Ring Road at about 8:30 Tuesday evening.

The race involved two dark-coloured Corvettes, one passing the other at a “high rate of speed” on the shoulder of the road.

There’s a lot of money in Town these days.

A lot of flashy cars.

And just as flashy blades.

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