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An Atlanta beauty supply store was hit by burglars who took more than $15,000 worth of hair Friday morning, according to authorities.
Security-camera footage caught the two thieves on camera as they broke into the Black-owned beauty supply store, called Zoet Beauty Supply. Prior to entering the store, the suspects used flashlights to look through a window, potentially in an effort to find a way to enter.
They later threw a spark plug at the window, breaking the glass and gaining entry. Charis McWhorter and Dana Hawkins, Zoet Beauty Supply co-owners, suspect that the two suspects had been watching the store based on how swiftly they were able to take the items. They got away with more than $15,000 in supplies in a matter of minutes, authorities said.
“This is where we think it was targeted or planned or they shopped with us before. They came in and immediately went two different ways and they went to the expensive things like the virgin hair wigs, virgin hair bundles and the expensive equipment like the clippers and trimmers,” Hawkins described.
The loss to the business not only affects the owners but also the community as a whole, Hawkins told Atlanta’s FOX 5.
“This is our way of giving back,” McWhorter said.
“Less than 3% are Black-owned but about 99% are supported by Black customers. Therefore, we wanted to have representation to show you can do it too,” Hawkins explained.
The owners said they hoped to continue their work as “the beauty supply store of the community.”