A spate of US Botox clinics have reported break-ins – and the theft of cosmetic products worth thousands. What’s going on?
The cops in Sugar Land, Texas, classified case number 19-4317 as a “business burglary”, but that label hardly does it justice. Captured on surveillance video, the scene unfolds like a cross between Desperate Housewives and a low-budget heist movie: a blond woman in black yoga pants and a pink top pulls up to a strip-mall medical spa in a Mercedes SUV , cuts a hole in the spa’s glass door with a cordless saw, slips inside, and jogs away with two bulging shoulder bags allegedly containing $7,000 worth of anti-ageing products, most of it Botox.
“I thought it would be a big, burly guy throwing a brick through the front window,” says Alonzo Perez, the owner of BotoxRN, the burgled spa. “But this was someone 5ft 1in and 100lb.” That was on 23 August. Six days later, a suspect who appeared to be the same woman sawed her way into another BotoxRN spa just up the I-69 in Houston.