Over the last few years, stories of people stealing copper pipes from abandoned houses have sprung up throughout the nation. To some, this might seem like a curious thing to steal, but copper priced have skyrocketed over the last couple years. In Houston, a man is currently facing theft charges for stealing something that is also interesting, but highly valued: human hair.
A Houston beauty salon recently discovered that $40,000 worth of hair weaves was stolen from their stock. Over the last couple years, prices of high-quality weaves have risen to nearly $250 per package, so black market hair sales are increasing in kind. The problem of hair weave theft is not limited to Houston, but has spread through the country. This explains why individuals might be driven to steal human hair.
Cops arrested a 30-year-old Houston man after he was caught on surveillance cameras. He was charged and released on bail. Since they made the arrest, they have identified the man as a suspect in another weave heist.
Though this may seem like a curious story, there might be a lot more going on behind the story. During difficult economic times, when the job market is particularly sluggish, people resort to desperate acts, such as theft of hair weaves, in order to make ends meet. Frequently, criminal law cases are much more complex than the facts of the case alone suggest.
Everyone accused of a crime is entitled to an aggressive defense, which is important because even the most minor theft charges can carry serious consequences. An active defense is the best way to ensure you are treated fairly by the court system in the event you are put on trial for committing a crime.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “Weave thieves on the rise: Hair on fire in black market,” Safiya Ravat, Feb. 14, 2012