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Burglars in Athens target nail salons

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Burglars in Athens are targeting nail salons, taking cash and leaving behind heavy damage.   

"Fast, very fast. They come and they go," said Trang Nguyn, Manager of Lava Nail and Spa.

Shattered glass and a large rock is what was left behind for three salons, after Happy Nails, Lovely Nails and Lava Nail and Spa were all burglarized. "Never happened you know in 5 years. I've been working here 5 years and it was scary," said Nguyn.

Nguyn says the replacement of the glass front door will cost a pretty penny. "They come and the estimate is almost $1,200 for that glass," she said.

Not to mention the cost of a new cash register and the loss of what was inside. "I leave in there a couple hundred dollars in there too," said Nguyn.

Nguyn says the salon doesn't plan to beef up their security, saying she doesn't think it would help. "If they do alarm or something they still come and break it," she said.

She says one change they will make though, is not leaving money in the register. However, Nguyn fears if it happens again, it will only provide more damage when the burglar can't find what they're looking for. "If they come in they have to go around checking and it would mess up everything," said Nguyn.

The investigation is still ongoing and no suspects have been named.

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