From the Archives, 1998: Hair netted as police act on Carlton snip-off

First published in The Age on April 1, 1998

Pony tails recovered from the Carlton property. Credit:Craig Sillitoe

Hair netted as police act on snip-off

Police said yesterday they had confiscated 11 human hair pony tails from a house in the inner Melbourne suburb of Carlton.

They have called for anyone to come forward who may have been assaulted and had their pony tail clipped and stolen or who may have sold their pony tails.

Police also confiscated a bag of human hair, which the occupant of the house told them came from wigs.

Their investigations were sparked after a woman at Merlynston railway station in Melbourne’s north had her pony tail cut and stolen.

While sifting through their crime files, transit police found a similar offence late last year at a Melbourne city railway station.

On that Information, they issued a search warrant at the Carlton house yesterday.

The occupant told them he obtained the pony tails by going up to women in the street and offering them money for their locks.

Police also confiscated several clippings from the house which appeared to have been photocopied from books.

The clippings described attacks on women whose hair was cut off.

One read: “All three seized her. She screamed and a large hand covered her nose and mouth.. Her wide, dilated eyes saw the long strands of her hair falling from her head as the sheers did their brutal work… When her head was completely shaved they let her go.”

Senior Detective Andrew Kilpatrick, of the Transit CIB, today called for anyone who sold their pony tails or who had the hair stolen to come forward.

Senior Detective Kilpatrick Is questioning a 33-year-old man over the matters.

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