HOUSTON – Two of five suspects arrested Monday for shoplifting at an Academy Store in Webster have been connected to a shoplifting scheme where hair extensions were stolen in the Houston area.
Calvin Earl Jenkins, 23; Lashonda Sheney Jones; 23; William Titus Murray,25; Alisa Renee Flannagan, 24; and Jameisha Elaine Kennon, 24, were charged with organized retail theft.
According to Webster police, the five suspects collectively stole 28 pairs of pants, 16 shirts, four sweaters, four jackets and six hoodies. They were all booked into jail. Flannagan and Kennon were also connected to a hair heist that happened a few months prior.
Houston police say Flannagan, Kennon and two others were captured on camerastealing hair extensions at a shop called Mr. Indian Hair, located on Almeda, on September 16. After that, they tried to use social media to sell the products, which is how they got caught.
The shop’s owner Kehlin Farooq said the products he carries are in high demand.
“You have so many celebrities wearing this type of hair now, and a lot of women want that look,” he said.
Farooq said a bundle of human hair costs between $150-$200 and the average woman wears three bundles for a full head.
It’s a lucrative business, which is why Farooq was not surprised thieves targeted his store. The surveillance video shows four women walking into the store and talking with the lone employee.
Farooq said they asked his employee, his niece, about a piece of hair that wasn’t on the floor.
When the employee walked to the back of the store, the video shows three of the women grab several hangers of hair while the fourth woman ran out to drive the getaway car.
Farooq said between $15,000 and $20,000 dollars worth of hair was taken.
Good Samaritans told Farooq his products were being sold on the street and on Instagram.
That tip helped police identify the four suspects.
Gayle Quoquisia and Sherrel Hadnot were soon arrested, but Flannagan and Kennon remained on the loose until their recent capture.