A YOUNG hairdresser was floored by thieves during the second raid on Uttoxeter salons this year.
K&M salon was targeted on Wednesday at around 10.20am, when thugs knocked Sarah Hughes to the ground before stealing her £400 iPhone.
The attack follows a raid at Mitchell and Smith in January, when a phone containing pictures of owner Jacqueline Smith’s late father was swiped.
But the two salons’ descriptions of their respective assailants differed and police have not confirmed the incidents are linked.
Ms Hughes said the ‘terrifying’ assault had damaged her confidence.
The 23-year-old said: “I had a client I’d just finished with and two men came in.
“They didn’t exactly look like our regular clientele.
“They walked in very confidently and walked past the front desk and into the salon.
“I couldn’t really understand them as they were mostly talking in a foreign language.
“I thought maybe he was trying to book an appointment for his mother or grandma or something.
“My client left and one of the men opened the door for her, before shutting and standing against it so nobody could get in.
“The other started getting really aggressive and barged into me with his shoulder, knocking me to the ground. I’d never been so scared in my whole life.”
The thieves fled with Ms Hughes’ phone.
Ms Hughes described one of the perpetrators as between 5ft 6in tall and wearing jeans, with dark, thinning hair, a wispy beard and a moustache.
The second man was described by Ms Hughes as slightly taller than the first, with a slim build, a lighter complexion, dark, shaven hair and stubble.
Police said both had been described as having a ‘Turkish appearance’.
Ms Hughes said: “It affected my confidence and I didn’t want to be left alone in the salon.”
Mitchell and Smith’s staff’s description of the two men who targeted them in January is different.
One was described as around 5ft 5in, with a shaved head and a goatee beard, and the other was around 5ft 8in, with long, curly, slicked-back hair.
Ms Smith said they were both ‘of Eastern European descent’.
DC Michelle Banks, investigating officer, said: “Our inquiries have established the men were in the town centre for some time before the robbery took place and we believe they have been into other shops in the town.
“If you think they entered your business, please get in touch as you maybe able to help with our investigation. “
“If you witnessed the robbery, or saw the men described above, please contact me on 101, quoting incident number 185 of March 18. Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”