The theft of $3,000 worth of hair extensions and wig products has made Miss Rose angry.
It's the destruction of items related to child cancer victim Gaby Davis that broke her heart.
Everyone knows Rose Adams as Miss Rose, the name of her wig salon on 56th Avenue.
On Sept. 17, the 74-year-old was awakened in the early morning hours and sat in her salon from about 5 a.m., dealing with the police and waiting until a glass firm could repair the plate glass window that was smashed.
The thieves broke the glass in three picture frames including a photo of Gaby, a drawing she did of the wig shop and a printed card.
The headshaped wig form that held Gaby's wig was snapped off at the neck.
Gaby Davis, seven, had asked for a strawberry blond wig for while she was going through cancer treatment back in 2007. It had to be ordered special.
"She passed away on the day it came in," Rose said.
The shop used the wig, pictures and other items for a special display to spotlight the Gaby Davis Foundation which raises funds for children's cancer.
In addition to the stolen merchandise, the salon faced a glass repair bill of $462. The broken glass also tore a hole in a customer chair and damaged the wooden arm of a couch in the customer reception area.
The repair costs are coming out of her pocket because her deductible is $1,000.
The result is that the shop, which uses proceeds from customers to subsidize the costs of helping cancer patients and others with serious health issues, can't help as many people, Adams said.
The hair pieces and wigs are handmade, tailored to each customer.
This was the third break in at the wig shop which opened in 2004.
"They don't steal from me. They steal from the cancer patients," she said.
It's not the first time Adams has been the target of crime. A few weeks ago, she was mugged for her purse which contained only $40 and her iPhone but also had ID and other valuables which had her concerned about identity theft.
"One thing about it, I'm learning more about crime," she quipped.
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