Vancouver police left to untangle wig theft mystery

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The security camera footage shows a man in a hoodie attempting to throw a chunk of concrete through a storefront.

His first attempt misses, but the second shatters the glass front door. He enters the store with a buddy. Minutes later, both dash out with armfuls of hair.

Vancouver’s latest wig store break-in, on June 3, marked the fifth time in as many years that thieves have made off with hair. It’s the second time Jo Hair Studio has been hit since March, said Elise Murphy, manager of the Cambie Street salon, which sells wigs and hair extensions made from hair sourced from Europe and Brazil.

“I’ve been watching Craigslist to see if they show up,” she said.

On the surface, wig theft may be a bit of head-scratcher, but growing demand and the high cost of high-quality wigs may provide an explanation. Vancouver police estimate the cost of the wigs, hair extensions and hair toppers stolen from Jo Hair Studio in June to be about $45,000.

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