ATLANTA (WAOK) – It is all the rage today for movie stars, singers, athletes and moms who want to look their best. It is hair weave and it apparently is one of the hottest items to steal. Robbers targeting expensive hair extensions pulled a smash-and-grab early this morning at a southwest Atlanta beauty supply store.
Lucien Poko, manager at the Beauty Master store at 3031 Headland Drive SW near Greenbriar Parkway told Atlanta police four burglars were driving a black Chevrolet Suburban when they smashed the two front doors of the shop with a rock and went directly to the display of Remi hair extensions.
Poko said the robbers took dozens of hair extension packages, worth about $30,000.
Some of the most expensive hair weaves can cost around $200 a package, but hair extensions have been revealed to be sold out of car trunks for as little as $25.
This is the second smash and garb style robbery for hair extensions in the past few weeks in the Atlanta area. Last month, thieves rammed a car through the front door of a Clayton County beauty supply store, then made off with an estimated $10,000 in hair extensions.
Hair weave thefts have also been reported in other cities. According to the New York Times, last month thieves targeting extensions stole $150,000 in hair from a Houston salon, $90,000 in extensions from a beauty supply store in Chicago and $85,000 in hair from a store in Missouri City, Texas. Thefts of hair weave have also been reported in San Diego, San Leandro, Calif., and Dearborn, Mich.
Beauty experts say Halle Berry, Kim Kardasian, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton all use hair extensions.