Hair weaves are big business, and thieves looking to cash in are going to great lengths to swipe extensions.
Forget high-end electronics and jewelry, these days robbers are going for what’s on your head. "Good Morning America" reports that weaves have become the top prize on the black market.
But where are thieves getting all that hair from? Anywhere they can find it. Salons and beauty supply stores across the country have been hit for the valuable tracks. Surveillance footage shows a team of robbers in a truck breaking into one shop at an undisclosed location just after 6 a.m.
One Houston, Texas, beauty shop actually had $150,000 worth of extensions stolen from its establishment. "It was done so sneaky," the salon’s owner, Lisa Amosu, said. "It was done by someone who definitely knew what they were looking for."
Those aren’t the only tricks crooks are using to get the hair, however. Unbeknownst to some stylists, the thieves could be sitting right in their chairs, as one Philadelphia beautician found out.
"You have no idea what you’ve gotten yourself into," her customer threatened when the stylist tried to get payment on an intentionally bounced check for the $2,200 weave. "You seem like a smart girl. Walk away now, or you will regret it."
Some thieves, unfortunately, are taking it a step beyond verbal threats. In Michigan, one beauty supply store owner was killed for his extensions.
— Sonya Eskridge