As CLUTCH reported this spring, The nationwide trend of hair weave theft continues with a recent hit on an Atlanta beauty center, as burglars smashed their way into Lexi’s Beauty Supply last week.
Atlanta police allege that the band of thieves had their sites on high-end Remy hair extensions when they looted Lexi’s. Remy’s human hair packets, that can cost upwards of 200 dollars, are being sold in this growing underground market for a mere fraction of the price. Lucky for store owner Travis Tipton, the burglars walked away with minimal loot – around 60 bucks in merchandise – according to Tipton. “They stole our cash register and an assortment of fake hair,” he said. “That’s all they got. They got no money, no human hair, nothing of any value.” Tipton, who opened the beauty supply shop nearly a month ago inserted some irony regarding the take, “They were probably looking for the Remy hair, which was right there. They overlooked it and walked right back out.”
Tipton’s loss is incomparable to that of supply chain, Beauty Master, who lost over $100,000 in tracks to the hair weave bandits on September 23rd. General manager Lucien Poko says the 5 of the 7 stores he runs in ATL have been raided.
Additional illegal acquisitions feeding the ‘hairy’ black market occurred in August where at least 3 Atlanta beauty supply centers were burglarized within a 10-day period.