In a place that feels like a home for workers and customers, there’s a shock that someone breaks into Peter’s Unisex Hairstyling in Hartford and rips out the very things that have helped keep it buzzing for decades.
“It’s like having a knife and stabbing yourself in the heart,” said Peter Tsakiris, owner of Peter’s Unisex Hairstyling.
Store staff said surveillance video from a nearby store appears to show a burglar pushing an air conditioner last Wednesday.
Later, they allegedly climbed up and ransacked the business on Maple Avenue.
“We thought we were going to be out of business for a while because we didn’t have the tools. We had to cancel a lot of appointments,” said Leo Negron, barber at Peter.
Police say more than $10,000 worth of items were stolen, including scissors and clippers.
Tsakiris has owned the store since 1965 and has been there since 1993.
“The more I watched, the more annoyed I got with the way they did it,” Tsakiris said.
Clients tell us the 80-year-old – who says he’s not ready to retire – has a heart of gold. Some stolen items were expensive and sentimental.
“Stealing from people who work hard and make a living from it is crazy,” said Randy Ojeda from Manchester.
Heartbreak quickly began to heal a bit.
” We are here. We’re not going anywhere. We will continue to serve the community,” Negron said.
Community members and other barbers have stepped up to help by donating equipment and starting an online fundraiser.
“Hopefully we get some of our tools back and get back on our feet,” Tsakiris said.
The owner said they’ve never been robbed before, but there have been others in the area.
The owner said thankfully it was no worse. No one was injured and none of the glass doors and windows were smashed.
Police describe the suspect as a man wearing a dark colored winter jacket with fur on the hood, a light colored hoodie, a fitted style hat, light colored pants and dark colored sneakers .