Robbers steal thousands in hair extensions from South Side store

Tribune reporters

A man and woman went into a Morgan Park area beauty supply store on Monday and pepper sprayed an employee before making off with thousands of dollars worth of human hair extensions, police said.

The robbery happened at about 11:55 a.m. on the 11100 block of South Western Avenue, police said. The duo also made off with cash and other supplies including an employee's purse, police said.

After the duo went into the store, they confronted to a 21-year-old and 57-year-old female employee, and pepper spraying the 21-year-old in the face, police said. The man displayed a handgun, police said.

The duo went around the counter and pushed a victim, taking several thousand dollars worth of human hair extensions and cash, police said. One of the people took a purse from one of the women, which contained identification and cash.

The female victim was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries, police said.

Police were searching for the two people. The female offender was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and purple pants. The male offender was wearing a red sweatshirt with a distinctive logo on the front, as well as orange colored pants.

The two people included a black man between the ages of 18 and 22 years of age, about 6-foot-2 and weighing about 200 pounds with a fade hair cut. The woman, who is also black, is believed to be about 24 years old, about 5-feet-3 and weighing 160 pounds.

Despite the recent robbery, Chicago police insist the area is very safe where such crimes don’t happen all that often.

“It’s not indicative of the neighborhood,” said Morgan Park District Cmdr. James Gibson. “It’s a bustling business district. It’s not some place where you would sit around and wait to (commit) a robbery.”

Gibson said it appeared the store was targeted, and that the suspects had already entered the store several times to pose as shoppers before robbing it.

At some point, one of the suspects grabbed at least one employee around the counter, Gibson said.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at (312)745-0620.

Tribune reporter Jeremy Gorner contributed.

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