Burglars punch through wall of Holladay business

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HOLLADAY -- Burglars gained access to a business Monday morning by breaking into an adjoining building and punching a hole in the wall.

The owner of the L.A. Nails salon at 1775 E. Murray Holladay Road in Holladay says the shop has been broken into five times, including twice this year. He believes the same person or people are responsible. Each time it appears they are looking for something specific.

The latest break-in happened around 6:30 Monday morning. The owner says the burglars tried to break in through the back door of the salon using a pry bar. When they were unsuccessful, they broke into Synergy Business Group next door. Police say once inside, they used the pry bar to make a giant hole in the wall between the two businesses.

Lt. Don Hutson of the Unified Police Department says that left serious damage.

"Obviously you could fit a person through this hole that they made," he says. "They went from one business to the other. That's really what we're talking about here, just significant damage to the doors and the walls to the extent of about $3,000 to $4,000."

Police say the burglars stayed in the nail salon less than 10 minutes and then fled. It doesn't appear they found what they were looking for because nothing was missing.

The salon owner says thieves who broke in two weeks ago stole two TVs. He thinks Monday's burglars wanted cash.

Police say this is not the first time burglars have punched through a wall to get to their target. Lt. Hutson says often the criminals do that to avoid setting off an alarm on the exterior of the building. But in this case, breaking into the building next door set off the alarm that alerted police.

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