A weekend break-in at a South Florida barber shop is the latest in a number of failed attempts by burglars to create a passageway from the business to a neighboring jewelry store.
Thieves have broken into King Barber Shop at 7179 SW Eighth St. at least two or three times, workers said. The latest break-in happened in the overnight hours between Friday and early Saturday.
The thieves' goal is to break a wall inside the shop to access the business next door, Arnaldo Jewelry at 7177 SW Eighth St., business owners said. But similar to prior attempts, the thieves walked away empty-handed, they said.
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It helps that the wall targeted by burglars is reinforced with iron, said Arnaldo Sanchez, the jewelry store owner. The jewelry store’s alarm system was triggered when burglars were damaging the interior of the barber shop.
"They hacked away at the wall to try to get in," said Alexandro Rodriguez, of King Barber.
Sanchez said his jewelry store’s alarm system works so well, it was once set off by a mouse.
“Anything that happens, even if you blow fast, the alarm sounds,” Sanchez said.
A metal shutter covers the jewelry’s store facade when it closes at night. The barber shop has a glass door and exterior, so that may be the reason thieves go there, workers said.
Saturday, repair workers were busy repairing mirrors that were broken inside the barber shop. The thieves caused thousands of dollars in damage before getting away.
Authorities ask anyone with information about the break-in to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.