Photography courtesy of Chris Lacquement

Burglars caused about $8,000 in damage Friday when they broke into three Lakewood Mobile Pet Grooming vans in East Dallas, the owner said.

The burglars stole four tool boxes full of dog grooming equipment, totaling about $6,000. They also caused about $2,000 in damage to the vans, which were parked on Ferguson Road across from Bishop Lynch High School, owner Chris Lacquement said.

He is asking neighbors to keep an eye out for jackets and equipment engraved with the Lakewood Mobile Pet Grooming logo.

“The busiest time of year is two weeks before Thanksgiving through Christmas, and then in January, it gets really slow,” Lacquement said. “It’s the worst time to be stolen from. This is when [my groomers] need to be working. I’m hoping to make sure they’re taken care of.”

Lacquement replaced the groomers’ tools, and the business will reopen Tuesday for service. He started a GoFundMe to help recover some of the losses.

The owner hopes to someday soon repay the community’s generosity by offering free community dog groomings or grooming the dogs at a local animal shelter.

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