Burglar hits Freedom Beauty and Fashion in Dallas
According to the Dallas Police Department, the burglar entered the store destroying an air conditioning unit and descending from the roof.
DALLAS, Texas – A couple from Dallas want justice and a burglar left them in the account for $ 18,000 when they walked into their longtime store through the roof and came out with a big score .
The crime took place on June 22 at Freedom Beauty and Fashion on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South Dallas.
Ephraim and Olaide Oladiran, a Nigerian couple who immigrated to Texas in the 1970s and 1980s, have owned the store since 1983.
They mainly sell clothes, jewelry, hats, sneakers and dress shoes.
Ask anyone in the area, and they’ll know who the Oladirans are: a Christian couple dedicated to their faith and their community.
This fact is one of the reasons they have been able to stay in business for decades.
“We are trying to present a good image,” said Ephraim Oladiran. “We want to be treated the way we treat people. We thought we were friends from the neighborhood, but someone didn’t see it that way.”
Oladiran came to the store with his wife like any normal day and noticed a huge hole in the ceiling of his building.
“As soon as I looked up I could see the sky,” Oladiran said.
Not only that, about $ 14,000 in jewelry, clothing and shoes were missing.
When Oladiran checked the store’s security footage, his fears came true: someone had robbed his business.
You can see what appears to be a white or Hispanic male with a tattoo on his sleeve, wearing a Joey Galloshirt in the pictures.
He packs goods in a bag but crawls on all fours, trying not to be noticed by the security camera.
However, at one point he is looking directly at the camera.
The police hope someone recognizes him.
The burglar then retrieved a ladder from the store and came out through the roof.
The damage to the building amounted to an additional $ 4,000 per Oladiran.
“It’s devastating, you know, for a small business,” Oladiran said.
The couple survived the pandemic for the most part, but didn’t expect a thief to back them up.
They want justice but also want to be healed. Oladiran said he and his wife prayed for one or both options.
“We just trust God,” Oladiran said.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to call Detective T. French of the Dallas Police Department’s Southeast Investigation Unit at 214-671-0112 or Crime Stoppers at 1- 877-373-TIPS (8477).
If you really enjoy helping the Oladrians, however, drop by their store and shop around.