The community is rallying around a popular Nanaimo barber after his shop was burglarized, with money, tools and collectible memorabilia stolen.
Nanaimo RCMP says The 50’s Barber Shop at 16A Victoria Crescent was broken into sometime between 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say the owner, Dave Lawrence, is devastated by the theft and is unsure about the future of his shop remaining open.
In a release, Nanaimo RCMP says Lawrence found the front door open and a cash box missing.
Also taken were several expensive cutting clippers that police say will be difficult to replace, and some action figure collectables taken from the walls.
Lawrence is well known in the community and RCMP says he is very community-minded, spearheading charity drives supporting Nanaimo youth each year.
“His shop is very popular and it has been a fixture in the downtown core for several years,” Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O’Brien said in a statement.
A Go-Fund-Me account has been created for Lawrence, and its $2,000 goal was reached in less than two hours.
The stolen barber tools include a black Wahl Feed clipper, a burgundy Oster Titan clipper and a burgundy Oster T edger.
Action figures stolen include:
- Replica GI Joe Adventure Team Missile in packaging
- Pulp Fiction (Jules Winnifield) in packaging
- Pulp Fiction (Butch Coolidge) in packaging
- Switchblade comb in packaging
- several rolls of toonies and loonies
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.