Holyoke barbershop robbed of thousands of dollars in tools 

  • At The Parlorfaded Company in Holyoke, owner Jose Dones surmises a burglar entered the barbershop after removing an air conditioner seated in the window, then using the open window to remove the back door barricade. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Parlorfaded Company, a barbershop at 230 Sargeant St. in Holyoke, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jose Dones stands in his barber shop, The Parlorfaded Company, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. On Thursday, he found a burglar had stolen hair-cutting tools and other items during an overnight break-in. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jose Dones stands in his barber shop, The Parlorfaded Company, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. On Thursday, he found a burglar had stolen hair-cutting tools and other items during an overnight break-in. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 8/28/2020 12:06:13 PM

HOLYOKE — When Jose Dones walked into his barbershop on Sargeant Street a little before 8 a.m. Thursday morning, he was hit with one of the worst surprises a business owner could get.

“As soon as I opened the door I noticed my TV was missing,” said Dones, owner of The Parlorfaded Company at 230 Sargeant St. “Then I looked into all of the stations, and I noticed that all of our tools are gone. There’s no clippers, no hairdryers — everything’s gone.”

Holyoke police were notified of the break-in and robbery Thursday around 8:10 a.m., according to Police Sgt. Philip McKay. Lt. Jim Albert, commander of the city’s criminal investigations bureau, said two detectives were sent down to the barbershop where they dusted for fingerprints. Dones said police also took photos of shoe prints on the ground.

Dones said the last barber had locked up the shop around 6 p.m. Wednesday night and Albert said the crime could have been committed any time between then and Thursday morning. As for the tools stolen, Dones said barbers collect equipment as they go through their careers.

Albert said police were told by the owner that at least $3,500 worth of items were stolen from the store. Dones said he and one of his barbers had a combined $1,700 worth of tools that were stolen. But another barber at his shop had a collection of five expensive hair-cutting shears that she lost, with each one going for $700 or $800 each. She also had an antique razor from the mid-1930s that was stolen. 

“That’s irreplaceable,” Dones said. “You can’t find those anymore.”

Dones said that when he walked into the store Thursday, he had noticed an air conditioning unit knocked out of one of the windows, and the back door wide open. He suspects someone may have broken through the window to lift a two-by-four piece of wood that was locking the door to get inside.

Albert said that police have no suspects yet, but will be canvassing the area for potential video of the crime as well as witnesses. He said that it’s unclear how many people may have been involved.

“I like the fact that we got some prints. We were able to take some,” Albert said. “Whether or not they develop into anything, I don’t know.”

Dones praised the Holyoke Police Department’s response to the break-in. “They did a really good job,” he said.

For Dones, the break-in means that he’s going to have to cancel appointments scheduled for the rest of the week — including 21 he had scheduled for himself. He said he is currently planning on resuming his store’s operations next Tuesday and that he had contacted his insurance company. 

“Until I get my tools, at least, or something to start with,” Dones said, “I won’t be able to cut hair.”

Although Dones said the break-in was “unfortunate,” he said it was also an opportunity for the community to show support for local businesses.

“It’s another reason why the community should come closer together,” he said.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com. 


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