When thieves broke into The House of Miss Rose salon on 56 Avenue last month, they were essentially stealing from cancer victims.
“I’m extremely upset,” said Rose Adams, 74, who has been outfitting cancer patients with her amazing array of wigs for nearly two decades.
On Sept. 17, thieves smashed three windows of her shop in the 20700 block of 56 Avenue.
“There was glass everywhere,” she said. They damaged a shrine Rose had made to a little girl for whom she had made a wig. The girl died of cancer before she could try it on.
Her name was Gaby and “she wanted a butterscotch wig. It got lost in transit here and it arrived the day Gaby died,” said Adams. The mannequin head she had the wig on was severed at the neck and a picture of Gaby and a picture Gaby drew for Miss Rose had the glass frames broken.
The thieves made off with thousands of dollars of wigs and extensions.
“I think they were here to steal the extensions we had just go in,” she said.
This is the fifth break-in in five years at the 56 Avenue location.
Her insurance deductible is $1,000, so she has opted to pay out of pocket to replace the glass. Now her husband is purchasing bars for the windows.
“The bad guys are running around free and we are going to be barred in,” she said.
It was only last month that she was robbed of her purse and iPhone.
She, along with her husband, manage the building and a man buzzed them, pretending to be interested in renting a suite. Once inside the building office, she went to get a pen to take down his information and he grabbed her purse and ran.
Many people know her and have been helped by Miss Rose. Several called The Times to let the newspaper know of this crime and its impact.
Adams still manages to keep a sense of humour about all of it, saying the focus is always on helping people going through cancer.
If you know anything about this crime, call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.