Shoplifters make off with $1500 in hair weaves

Published: Jul. 2, 2013 at 1:41 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - The owners of Star Beauty Plus found themselves in a hairy situation last Tuesday after four women came into their store, and went straight for the hair weaves behind the register.

"A bag of it costs anywhere from a $100, to $200, to $300," says Jessica Hong, who owns the store with her husband.

Hong says two of the women kept her husband busy, another woman was a lookout, and she says the woman in the striped dress went behind the counter and allegedly stole several packages of top of the line Brazilian hair weaves.

"He couldn't really see them going behind the counter from over here because the other two ladies kept talking to him and asking him questions."

Hong says 12 to 14 packages were stolen right below their 16 surveillance cameras. She estimates they lost $1500.

"Theft with hair, it happens all the time, and I just don't think that people are aware of the growing problem that we have, not just in Charleston, but all over," says Hong.

Hong says the women were calm and quick, leading her to believe this wasn't their first time.

"They were in a group. Even though two of the people were not actively stealing the hair, we know that they were together and that they were in on the plan."

If you have any information about these incidents, please call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.