Ipswich: Hairdresser’s anger at sixth burglary in 10 years

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Monday, December 30, 2013
6:04 AM

An Ipswich hairdresser who lost out on his busiest day of trade after being burgled before Christmas says it happens almost every year.

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Gianni Falcucci, the owner of Franco’s on Upper Orwell Street, was devastated to discover that his business had once again been broken into on the Saturday before Christmas.

“We were left in a right kerfuffle trying to open,” he said.

“They’d done away with our till and the hairdressers’ equipment, so I had to write-off about 50% of our busiest day of the year.”

Mr Falcucci, 39, who has worked at Franco’s since he was a young boy, is concerned the location leaves it vulnerable to “drunken idiots” who end up there after a night on the tiles.

He claims to have been broken into at least six times during Christmases over the past decade and is fed up of the trouble it causes him and his staff.

“This is the worst street in Ipswich,” he said.

“It’s the same every year, drunken disrespectful idiots - they’ve got no morals.”

The thieves broke into the business overnight between Friday, December 20 and 7.30am the following morning, making off with hairdressing equipment, Wahl clippers, thinning scissors, four electric curling brushes, GHD straighteners, and iPod touch and docking station and a till containing cash.

Mr Falcucci estimates the value of the stolen items to be at least £600 but says the loss in trade on such a vital day of trade was even greater, despite rushing out to buy replacements in time to reopen.

“At the end of the day we just had to get on with it,” he said.

Suffolk Constabulary is appealing for anyone with information to contact PC Shaun Taylor from Ipswich on 101, quoting IC/13/5255. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

7 comments

  • You'd think after being burgled so many times, that steps would've been taken to prevent it happening again and again. Maybe Mr Falcucci could benefit from a visit from an expert to advise him on his property's 'weak' spots...

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    Mister Cynical

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Agree with Sentinel, that road needs bulldozing, it always seems on life support, and it's not as if it has ever been an area with vibrant shops to visit, some nutty bloke flogging third hand suits for 10 years and a pawn brokers, to be honest, half the buildings have been demolished, just finish the lot of and turn it into a cheap car park.

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    Tedbundy

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Whilst it is terrible that they were burgled, and in no way their fault...Maybe this salon should purchase a safe? I know how expensive hairdresser's scissors and equipment are...lock them away at night! Also, my parents learnt the hard way a long time ago to always empty your till, and leave it open at night...otherwise they will take it, or worse, try to smash it open in the shop causing massive damage. Once again though, the only ones to blame here are the thieves (and whatever socialeconomicpolitical reasons you want to drag in for their behaviour!).

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    George

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Sooner or later someone in a position of authority will realise that Upper Orwell Street is beyond saving, compulsory purchase the lot and raze it to the ground. It must be awful for anyone trying to do business there, but the sooner they move out the sooner the whole lot can be razed.

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Whilst it is terrible that they were burgled, and in no way their fault...Maybe this salon should purchase a safe? I know how expensive hairdresser's scissors and equipment are...lock them away at night! Also, my parents learnt the hard way a long time ago to always empty your till, and leave it open at night...otherwise they will take it, or worse, try to smash it open in the shop causing massive damage. Once again though, the only ones to blame here are the thieves (and whatever socialeconomicpolitical reasons you want to drag in for their behaviour!).

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    George

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • mister cynical is right why wait to be burgled [ do something about it . fancy leaving a full till overnight.they will not pay out on insurance being so sloppy.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • The biggest weakspot is Upper Orwell street itself after the Labour council allowed it to be run down for years whilst pandering to ideas of grandure and balony developers who backed out.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, December 30, 2013

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