A BARBERS which was burgled on early Sunday morning has reopened less than 48 hours after equipment and money was taken.

Police confirmed that the King and Captain Barber Shop on Finkle Street in Thirsk, North Yorkshire was burgled between 2.20am and 2.40am on Sunday, January 13.

Some of the items taken during the burglary included a computer, cash till and hair products while co-owner Jack Pullen reported hairdressing equipment, staff tip boxes and a charity donation box was also taken.

On Monday, police confirmed that they had since arrested a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy in relation to the burglary, but following questioning they had been released under investigation while enquiries into the incident continue.

During the burglary on Sunday morning, a door’s glass window and large interior wall mirrors were smashed, a wall clock was damaged but left while a wall-mounted flat-screen television for customers to watch, was also damaged.

The barber shop is co-owned by Mr Pullen, originally from Milton Keynes, together with his partner Tyra Leanne Grundy.

Mr Pullen said: “We were broken into at around 2.05am on Sunday morning and we received a phone call from the police to say that the shop had been broken into.

“Upon arriving, the place was smashed to pieces – it was a state, we found hair products in the alleyways.”

The barber shop, which has been trading in the town for almost three years, also reported stock of ‘siksilk’ branded T-shirts had been found abandoned in the street afterwards.

A till box was later discovered dumped in a nearby river.

Mr Pullen added: “They stole my tip pot which probably would have had about £40 or £50, they also took a lot of equipment.”

Hair clippers, hairdryers, and the 'siksilk' T-shirts were among some of the items reportedly taken on Sunday morning.

The owner said the burglary has left him and his partner feeling angry.

He added: “It’s angering, the shop is my baby and I feel a little bit victimised.

“People have been in our shop without us here, and along with my son’s toys which he sometimes played with in the back.”

However, Mr Pullen said it was fortunate that the incident happened on a day that the barber shop is normally closed.

He said it allowed him to clean up left over broken pieces of glass and make it safe again, which allowed him to speedily reopen less than 48 hours after the burglary.

Mr Pullen also praised family and friends for their generosity, and thanked local businesses who had donated mirrors to help the store reopen.

A fundraising page has since been set up by a friend to help cushion against any losses from Sunday and has raised around £600.

  • North Yorkshire Police said anyone with information should call 101, and select option 2, asking for the Investigation Hub Northallerton or can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111, providing reference number 12190007424.