The thieves who broke into Barber Jon’s El Dorado Hills shop in the middle of the night knew what they were after.
They took the ivory-handled straight-edge razors, autographed baseballs, leather strops, sterling silver barbering tools and thousands of dollars in new equipment. The Fiji mermaid and the jackalope were left sitting idle in their glass cases.
All told, owner Jon Rivera said, more than $14,000 worth of unique memorabilia and barbering tools were stolen. Some of the tools were given as gifts and donations, and date back to the late 1700s.
“They cleaned me out,” Rivera said. “It’s kind of crazy. Everyone’s real shaken up.”
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Rivera, who has owned Barber Jon’s Barber Shop for 20 years, said he’s fallen victim to crime twice in the past six months but never had a problem before that. In November, someone stole nearly $700 in cash being collected for a local charity.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary, which investigators believe happened early Wednesday.
When Rivera arrived at work Wednesday morning, he said, the first thing he noticed was broken glass scattered on the ground. His window had been bashed in.
As he walked inside, he began taking in the full extent of the damage: The place looked cleaned out.
“I think a lot of people want revenge or they feel like they’ve been violated when something like this happens, but I just felt sad,” Rivera said. “A lot of those things you can’t replace. They were given to me from customers who were passed away, or a guy, who must be 100 years old by now, gave me a couple of his dad’s razors.”
Rivera isn’t yet sure if his insurance will cover all that was lost, but he said he can’t wait around to find out. His barbers need new tools to get back to work and keep the shop in business.
“Just today I’m probably going to spend $3,000 on new supplies,” he said Thursday morning.
Rivera said he might hold a cut-athon to raise money to replace some of the items that were taken. But he’s not sure where to begin.
The barbershop is attached to the “world famous Barber Jon’s Museum of Curiosities and Oddities,” and customers get free admission with every haircut. He’s been amassing oddities to display for decades.
Detectives have not yet released a description of the suspect or said how many people they believe were involved. Anyone who has information about the burglary can call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-5655.