FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Five gang members are in jail Friday after burglarizing a southeast Fresno beauty salon overnight.
The suspects, including one minor, were taken into custody around midnight in a nearby neighborhood. Broken glass and sheetrock are what remain after gang members burglarized the salon. "I don't feel safe anymore," store owner Van Nguyet said.
Best Hair and Nails salon owner Van Nguyet didn't want to be shown on camera but says this isn't the first time. Her east Olive Avenue storefront for 18 years has been robbed several times before, the most recent one last September. "Last time they took everything," she said."
But this time, Police were called before the suspects got a chance to take off. It was just after midnight when neighbors in the area reported seeing five people breaking into the salon, but unable to enter through the barred windows. The suspects got in through the water heater closet by kicking in the sheetrock. "We believe the subjects could have been entering the nail salon to probably gain access in the pharmacy to steal drugs from that business," Sgt. George Wilson with the Fresno Police Department said.
That pharmacy is just next door, and when police arrived, the 5 were seen with an empty cash register and fire hydrant. "They saw the officers took off running throughout the neighborhood," Wilson said.
Hiding in nearby apartment complex areas, it was neighbors who led police to them; Tommy Svay, Hector Duenas, Jesse Villa, Nathan Hernandez and a minor all with gang ties taken into custody. "All with minimal criminal history," Wilson explained. "The juvenile probably had the most criminal history out of all five."
This was the first break in for the hair and nail salon this year but it's the 50th burglary for southeast Fresno. Though the number seems high, officers say that number is down by 31 percent from this time last year. And they hope to keep it low.