Caught on Camera: Weave thieves strike multiple stores

(WMC-TV) - In less than three minutes a man can be seen on surveillance video entering a beauty supply store through a glass window he breaks with a brick. He then quickly gets away with a big bag filled with hair.

Technically, it's filled with boxes of extensions, or weaves made from real human hair.

"Very expensive," said store owner Innsook Yang.

She told us each box is worth up $200. That's why, after four burglaries in two months at two of her stores, Yang is at the end of her rope. She's also out at least $15,000.

"Bother me a lot," said Innsook.

Her primary store next to the old Old Navy on Riverdale has been hit three times since March. The latest burglary happened early Wednesday at her second store on Kirby at Quince.

Yang believes the burglars used a very heavy block to break through the front door of the store. She believes the same man is responsible for all four break-ins. He had help from another man during two of them.

"It's really surprising how that happened," said adjoining Subway store owner Reena Patel.

She was glad her store only sells sandwiches.

"We're safer, a little," she said.

Hair heists are a huge problem across the nation as Action News 5 first reported last year. We're told stolen hair is sold to less reputable salons or even out on the street.

The Memphis beauty supply association is offering a $2000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the weave thieves here.

Meanwhile, Ms. Yang has since added enhanced security in her stores.

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