Store a victim of excessive hair loss
BY STEVE METSCH email@example.com June 24, 2014 8:56PM
Burglars broke the glass window to the left of the door to gain entry to this store, an employee said, and police said they stole $40,000 worth of hair extensions. Surveillance videos show them carrying as much as they could from the store. They were in and out in 50 seconds, an employee said. | Steve Metsch/Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 26, 2014 6:40AM
There are smash and grabs. And then there are smash and grabs.
Nine people — each wearing gloves to prevent fingerprints, and hoodies to cover their faces from being seen by security cameras — smashed their way into Beauty Supply, 8718 S. Cicero Ave., early Sunday and stole human hair extensions worth $40,000, Oak Lawn police said.
Employees of the store showed a security videotape to a reporter Tuesday. It shows four people walking past the store about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but their faces can’t be seen.
The tape shows those four returning with five more people at 4:18 a.m. Seconds later, two throw landscaping rocks — later found on the floor — through a plate glass window beside the front door.
One by one, the nine hooded burglars dash into the store and head immediately for the front counter, going behind it in order to grab as many packages of human hair extensions as they can carry.
The store’s owner, a 30-year-old Willowbrook man, was not at the store when a reporter visited Tuesday. He did not immediately return a phone call. His uncle, who identified himself as “Ed,” said he, the owner and employees were all “shocked” by the burglary.
“They knew what they wanted and went right for it. They were in and out in 50 seconds,” he said. “Human hair is very expensive. They went for nothing else.”
Human hair extensions, he said, are imported from countries such as Malaysia, India, Peru and Brazil. Packs on display behind the front counter Tuesday were not cheap. A small pack cost $100 and other larger packs, with longer extensions, sell for close to $200.
The store has a security system, but that company, ADT, did not contact Oak Lawn police after the alarm went off, according to a police report. ADT did send a text message to the owner at 4:18 a.m. but he did not see it until he woke up at 7 a.m. Sunday, according to the report.
The owner called the store’s manager, who lives in Burbank, and sent him to the store. He then called the police who arrived soon after.
“This is really something,” Ed said, shaking his head.
Cameras show the nine burglars fleeing south from the store through the parking lot. After that, it’s not known where they went. The glass window cost $300 to replace, the report said.
A man who cleans the strip mall parking lot found some items from the store behind LA Fitness and the Salvation Army thrift store, both of which are near the beauty supply store that has been in Oak Lawn for 15 years.