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Barbershop opening halted by police bust

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Geneva's Barber and Beauty Salon and Day Care was closed by police. Geneva's Barber and Beauty Salon and Day Care was closed by police.
Barber chairs were confiscated and put in the back of trucks. Barber chairs were confiscated and put in the back of trucks.
Adam Taylor Adam Taylor
Willie Ferrell Willie Ferrell

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Indianapolis - People on the east side who were excited about Saturday's planned opening of a new salon and barbershop will have to find another place to get their hair done.

The grand opening and lure of a five-dollar haircut was put on hold after police say supplies for the salon were bought with stolen credit cards.

"The credit card numbers were actually stolen and they used those numbers to purchase everything from pipes to sinks to barbershop chairs," said IMPD Lt. Brian Mahone.

Willie Ferrell and Adam Taylor were arrested in the investigation. Police say they had targeted Ferrell and say he ran out of the business when police arrived to serve a warrant. Investigators say he had $8,000 in cash on him and a gun fell out of his pocket.

Police confiscated temporary license plates they believe were also stolen. The suspects also bought playground equipment and a fence using a stolen credit card.

"We don't know if this was a cover business, or if he was trying to open a legitimate business using stolen items. But either way, we shut this place down and we've made every attempt to get all this property back to the owners," said Lt. Mahone.

For now, Geneva's Barber and Beauty Salon and Day Care is closed and the suspects are behind bars.

Ferrell was arrested for possession of stolen items and handgun charges. Taylor was arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of marijuana.

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