Yoga studio burglarized twice in as many days

April 14, 2012 8:53:15 PM PDT
A business in The Heights is being targeted by criminals.

For the second time in as many days, the owner of The Turquoise House on Yale yoga studio says her business has been burglarized.

Neighbors near the building, which is located in the 1400 block of Yale between West 14th and West 15th Streets, are being vigilant and trying to catch the burglar.

The yoga studio is fast becoming known as a new holistic center for community outreach -- a space where the owners say their mission is ahimsa, or practicing peace and compassion for all.

But now a mysterious burglar is bringing bad energy into the space.

"So he came up here through the window, unlocked the door, slid it up. We had a stool on the inside. He grabbed that, and used it as a step to help himself right in," owner Kristin Scheel said.

Scheel and her business partner, Nikkie Perry-Eisenhauer, say a bold burglar has targeted The Turquoise House two times since Thursday.

"He's made himself familiar here," Perry-Eisenhauer said.

Perry-Eisenhauer and Scheel run a yoga, therapy and a law practice in the building. They noticed the place was vandalized again and more of their property stolen when they showed up Saturday morning.

"Taken blankets, stolen our laptop computers, stolen a second computer, stolen our cash box," Perry-Eisenhauer said.

The worried women immediately called police.

"We asked, 'is it common for a burglar to come back again, within 48 hours of his first entry?' And he said that is a particular characteristic when it's a vagrant who's entered the property," Scheel said.

For now, the business owners have beefed up security, hoping that will help bring some calm back to The Turquoise House.

"We just want everybody to be safe," Perry-Eisenhauer said

Police are also beefing up patrols in the area. Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call Houston police or Crime Stoppers.

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