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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
Personally, I'm not a huge believer in coincidence. From what you're saying, I find it extremely difficult to reach any conclusion other than that the hair dresser was in on this. For one thing, it doesn't make any sense that he'd take her randomly outside during a haircut. It's also EXTREMELY suspicious that teh store happened to be robbed during that time and only her purse was taken. (The hair equipment stylists use is very expensive.) For another, it doesn't make sense that he wouldn't call the police for her immediately from the store if he had nothing to do with it. Or take her to the police station. Add to that the fact that no one else was around, and I think there is a very high probability that the hair dresser was involved.
Regardless of what the police decide, your daughter can sue the hair dresser for conversion. That's the civil term for theft. She's entitled to the value of her purse and all the contents, plus the cost of replacing her keys and locks and all other incidental expenses. She's also entitled to punitive damages. As part of that, I think most judges would order the hairdresser to also order her to reimburse the cost of her haircut, but she can ask for more.
In civil court, the standard of proof is much lower than in criminal. She doesn't have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. She just has to prove that, more likely than not, the hairdresser was involved, and this sounds like a slam dunk to me.
Did you have any other questions about this?