Another break-in at a Union Station barber shop raises concerns - - Jackson, MS

Another break-in at a Union Station barber shop raises concerns

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Small business owners at downtown's Union Station say a weekend break-in is just the latest burglary to cost them thousands.

Business operators say repeated thefts are hampering their efforts to stay and work in the city. 

"This is where they came in. Glass was all over the floor," said barber Paul Lewis pointing to a broken window near the ballroom at The Official Barber Shop in Union Station.

Someone broke the window over the weekend, entered and took tools and equipment.

The owner and stylists said the lost clippers, blow dryers, curling irons and other essential tools are a loss of up to $4,000.

"We're at a standstill now." said Jessie Austin, owner of The Official Barber Shop."This is actually our second time being broken into and they took all of our equipment within the last eight months and other businesses as well".

The crime victims blame vagrants who, they say, are constantly around their businesses and in the bus and train terminals.

"When I come in, there's a slew of homeless people just laying out," said barber Paul Lewis. "That needs to stop because it deters patrons and clients to come in. They're sleeping, ask for money." 

"They do have cameras, but they're not working," said LaPeriall Jones owner of The Depot convenience store around the corner from the barber shop.

The Depot has had two break-ins in the last year and the Jackson business owner blames a lack of security.

"It's a little tough spending your hard earned money to supply a need for the community and to be violated and have your profits taken away," added Jones.

Union Station business operators want more security as the Jackson Police Department has investigated a recent stabbing and separate burglary at the Greyhound bus station.

"We do have downtown patrol units that are assigned to the downtown area. They routinely patrol the Union Station interior and exterior," said JPD Commander Tyree Jones. "We also have measures in place to address the vagrants that are usually on the outside of the businesses."

"It's due to the lack of security here at the Union Station," added Austin. "You've got people coming in and out of this city. They've got to be supervised, and that's one of the major problems."

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