Burglary took place less than 2 blocks from Chicago Police HeadquartersPhoto: Don Shin, who owns 35th Street Beauty Supply, talks about the $230,000 worth of hair extensions stolen from his shop overnight.
Thieves broke through a wall overnight and made off with $230,000 in hair extensions from a Southeast Side beauty supply store, police and the store owner said.
35th Street Beauty Supply, 260 E. 35th St., was bustling Saturday afternoon, but amid the walls covered with wigs and aisles filled with hair care products, owner Don Shin's most valuable merchandise was gone.
Three thieves who hammered their way into the business around 2 a.m. from an adjoining vacant storefront made off exclusively with natural hair extensions, the expensive, high-demand boxes of human hair women use for hair weaves, Chicago police and Chin said.
"They knew what they were doing. They didn't take any of the cheap stuff," Shin said. Surveillance footage showed three people carrying out a total of six large duffel bags filled with the hair extensions, which Shin expects the thieves will try to sell on the street or directly to salons.
Shin had been renovating the empty adjacent storefront to expand his business and hadn't put in alarms there yet. After breaking through the wall, the thieves crawled along the floor to evade motion detectors before ripping the wiring out of the alarm system.
Real hair extensions have been steadily going up in price as their popularity keeps increasing, Shin said, so he buys as much inventory as he can whenever he finds it.
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