Vancouver police set out to unravel mystery of wig theft

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The security camera footage shows a man in a hoodie trying to throw a piece of concrete through a store window.

His first attempt fails, but the second breaks the glass door. He enters the store with a friend. A few minutes later, the two rush with armfuls of hair.

The latest break-in at the Vancouver wig store on June 3 marked the fifth time in as many years as thieves were robbed with hair. This is the second time that Jo Hair Studio has been hit since March, said Elise Murphy, director of Cambie Street, which sells wigs and hair-to-hair extensions from Europe and Brazil.

“I looked at Craigslist to see if they showed up,” she said.

On the surface, stealing wigs can be a bit of a headache, but the growing demand and high cost of high-quality wigs may provide an explanation. Vancouver police estimate the cost of wigs, hair extensions and headgear stolen from the Jo Hair Studio in June to be approximately $ 45,000.

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