Motorcycle men steal woman's hair

Machete-wielding thieves pinch lady's mane for money

TWO MEN on a motorcycle cut off the waist-length hair of a woman who had been growing for two decades, said police in Brazil.

The woman, whose name was not released, told police she was walking to church when she was assaulted late Tuesday, police officer Antonio Williams da Silva said by telephone from the northeastern city of Aracaju.

Da Silva said the woman told authorities she hadn't cut her hair for 20 years.

"It must have been nearly a meter and half (more than four feet) long," da Silva said.

The robbers cut the woman's hair above her shoulders with a machete, with the idea of selling it to be fashioned into a wig.

"A hairpiece that size could cost you as much" as $550, da Silva said.

Thankfully the woman was not injured in the robbery.

Da Silva said it was the second recent case of hair robbery in Aracaju.

Similar attacks have occurred in other Brazilian cities, where the demand for human hair is high.