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Beauty salon owner reveals her tanning booth was stolen by a scammer who contacted her on GUMTREE

Beauty salon owner claims woman stole his tanning bed after posing as real buyer – then drove off with it in his car without paying

  • Kiren Sehmi, 39, owns a beauty salon in Leeds and was selling her tanning bed
  • She advertised the stand, which she bought 2 years ago for £2,000, for just £185
  • A woman who said on Gumtree that she wanted to buy it came to the salon
  • The workers dismantled and loaded the stand before the woman left without paying

A beauty salon owner has revealed how a tanning booth was stolen by a woman posing as a potential buyer.

Kiren Sehmi, 39, who owns a salon in Leeds, was contacted in Gumtree by the woman who said she wanted to buy the £185 sunbed for her daughter.

The first time the couple arranged to meet, the woman was away. The second time, she arrived crying, saying her dog was dead.

Kiren Sehmi, 39, who has a salon in Leeds, was contacted in Gumtree by the woman who claimed she wanted to buy the sunbed for her daughter

Security video shows salon owner Kiren (pictured, right) speaking to an unnamed woman (pictured, left), who is believed to have left the premises before paying for the tanning bed

Security video shows salon owner Kiren (pictured, right) speaking to an unnamed woman (pictured, left), who is believed to have left the premises before paying for the tanning bed

But moments later, she walked out of the lounge with the cabin, without paying the agreed fee.

Ms Sehmi captured the woman on CCTV, walking out of the living room. It is understood that the police are investigating the incident.

The business owner, who runs hair and beauty salon Kiren, said the woman, whom she did not name, said she wanted to buy the tanning booth for her 16-year-old daughter which is “absolutely massive when it comes to beauty care”.

She didn’t come the first time. Then she came in crying saying her dog was dead so I made her a coffee,” Ms Sehmi said.

“I paid £2,000 for the stand five years ago and only wanted £185 for it. Then she said she would also pick up a photography ring light for an extra £30.

According to Kiren, workers dismantled the tanning booth before loading it into the woman's car, which was parked outside.  The woman and a man carried the stand outside

According to Kiren, workers dismantled the tanning booth before loading it into the woman’s car, which was parked outside. The woman and a man carried the stand outside

The unnamed woman then allegedly left the scene, without paying for the tanning booth, with Kiren saying the woman left in a hurry.

The unnamed woman then allegedly left the scene, without paying for the tanning booth, with Kiren saying the woman left in a hurry.

Ms Sehmi dismantled the cabin for the woman to transport to her Vauxhall estate. But the woman never came back to pay.

Ms Sehmi continued: ‘I never dreamed that she would leave. She was in such a hurry that she forgot the bag of screws you need to put it back together.

The small business owner reported the incident to West Yorkshire Police.

A police spokesperson told FEMAIL: ‘Police were called on Friday March 25 to the theft of equipment from a hair and beauty salon on Roundhay Road in Leeds.

“A felony theft has been recorded and investigations are ongoing.”

Ms. Sehmi still hasn’t gotten her tanning bed back.