Burglars in New Orleans East skipped the cash register and made straight for the product in a May 9 beauty store caper that netted them $30,000 worth of human hair.

Police said thieves knocked out the cinder block wall backing Beauty and Booku in the 7300 block of Read Boulevard sometime between when the business was locked up at 7:00 p.m. on May 8 and when it opened back up at 10:00 a.m. the next day, making off with 125 packs of Brazilian hair bundles.

Their timing was perfect. The shop’s storage room was piled high with the pricey hair products in anticipation of Mother’s Day primping.

The store had surveillance cameras but they were set to record only when they detected motion, according to a police report. And the store’s lights were off, so motion was never detected.

The perpetrators never touched the till, leading police to deduce that hair was the “primary target.”

Seventh District Detective Donald Sharp is investigating the case and can be reached at (504) 658-6070.