Marietta, GA - Marietta Police, working with cops in other jurisdictions, say good detective work has led to a major break in as many as 16 violent smash-and-grab robberies at beauty supply stores across the metro area. Now, WSB’s Pete Combs reports warrants have been issued for two so-called “weave thieves.”
“We’ve really had a major breakthrough,” said Marietta Police Officer Dave Baldwin. His department, along with police from Cobb County to East Point, has cracked a ring of violent thieves who used stolen cars to smash into stores in search of valuable human hair weaves all across the Atlanta area.
“After the crash through the wall of a beauty supply place, a number of occupants in the car steal a bunch of the hair weaves and extensions, and then get back in the stolen car and leave,” Baldwin said.
Joe Nathan Ford, 28, is behind bars, accused of burglary and violation of RICO laws in at least eight of the burglaries. A second suspect has been identified and as many as three others may have been involved, according to Baldwin, who added at least three other suspects are still being sought. Warrants indicate at least some of the suspects are members of the “Guacamole Gang,” an offshoot of the “Hit Squad Taliban.”
As for the businesses victimized by the weave thieves, many of the 16 stores suffered losses so big they’ll never reopen, Baldwin said.