By Jean Ross

Police are investigating a smash-and-grab robbery that occurred early Tuesday at a beauty supply store in east Atlanta.

The officers who arrived at the Queen Virgin Remy Boutique at 572 Edgewood Ave found the glass doors, windows and a metal gate smashed. But store owner Denis McKinley said the thieves didn’t take much other than hair.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek told reporters that the hair weave bandits backed a pick-up truck through the front window of the hair store.

“There’s no hair worth the type of damage that they’re causing,” he told WXIA-TV.

Atlanta is widely touted as a hair weave capitol, even serving as a backdrop in comedian Chris Rock‘s 2009 docucomedy “Good Hair”.

But fake hair heists have been a serious matter for metro area police departments, and cost businesses tens of thousands of dollars.

Burglars smashed the two front doors of a southwest Atlanta shop with a rock two years ago, taking approximately $30,000 worth of hair extension packages and drawing national attention as strange-but-true story. And just a month before that thieves rammed a car through the front door of a Clayton County beauty supply store, taking an estimated $10,000 in hair extensions.

Some of the most expensive hair weaves can cost around $200 a package, but hair extensions have been reportedly sold out of car trunks for as little as $25.

Investigators will review surveillance video from the Queen Virgin Remy Boutique and nearby businesses to help find the thieves in this morning’s caper. No estimates yet as to how much their hair haul was worth.

Jean Ross, CBS Local


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