A recent upsurge in hair crimes have been reported in Maracaibo ,Venezuela. Hair thieves popularly tagged “piranhas” roam the streets with scissors targeting females with long tresses.
Piranhas are fast and ferocious thieves who residents say are increasingly attacking women.
Resident Sarai Madrid said she's seen it throughout the city.
"It's happening downtown, at the beach or at the mall, where you find a lot of young women," she told Panorama. "The thieves grab them by the hair, pull out some scissors and cut their hair. Then they sell it at beauty or hair salons."
Another resident said "When I saw to women coming towards me, I thought they were going to steal my cell phone, because I had it in my hand at the time, but they took out scissors," she said. "They did not give me a chance to think or to run or anything. And when I looked, I no longer had any hair."
Security agents claimed not to have gotten any formal report of the hair crimes but didn’t deny it was happening.
According to hair stylist Israel Rodriguez.” synthetic hair costs anywhere from $40 to $160, depending on its quality. But natural hair can cost more than $50”.