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Smash & grab robbery in Old Fourth Ward (Photo courtesy of CBS Atlanta)

(CBS ATLANTA) Thieves crashed a truck into a hair weave store in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood early Tuesday morning, squeezing past the crumpled security gate to get to the valuable hair extensions stored inside.

Police were called to the Queen Virgin Remy hair extension shop on Edgewood Avenue at about 3:30 a.m.

According to Atlanta police, a man who lives in an apartment above the business woke up when he heard a loud crash. He looked out the window and saw a dark-colored truck parked in front of the store, police said. The man then heard “some dragging of unknown objects” and saw the truck speed away heading north on Randolph Street.

The owner of the store, Dennis McKinley, told CBS Atlanta News that he just opened the business in December.

“This is our first robbery,” said McKinley. “Hopefully, it’s the last one. We’re expanding across the country. Hopefully, this doesn’t deter any franchisees.”

Thieves have targeted a number of beauty supply stores in metro Atlanta in recent years. So-called ‘virgin’ hair – hair that’s never been chemically treated – is often stolen and then sold on the black market.

McKinley said in this case, the thieves did not get away with much hair.

Kay Goldstein, who co-owns the actual unit that houses the shop, says she’s considering installing concrete posts to try to prevent more break-ins.

“That’s something that we were talking about already,” said Goldstein. “We’d like to look into that because that would stop a truck or a car.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.