28 Feb 2013

Dreadlock crime wave

4:28 pm on 28 February 2013

A fashion fad for dreadlocks has spurred a new crime in South Africa.

Thieves are stealing shoulder-length dreadlocks and selling them for up to 700 rand while longer ones sell for as much as 2000 rand, the BBC reports.

The thefts - involving anything from a knife to broken glass - are known on the streets as a "cut and run".

Stylists weave the stolen strands into clients' existing hair.