A hair salon owner in Whangārei has been left angry and disappointed following the break-in of her shop which saw more than 40 medical wigs stolen.
Lynda Harper, who owns Hair Razing Design, says she received a call early Wednesday morning saying her salon had been broken into and was "devastated" to see that all the wigs, for people with cancer and alopecia, were taken.
Her clients who were already waiting on wigs now have to wait longer.
A bag filled with turbans and hats, several products, vouchers, the kettle, and coffee machine were also taken, reports the Northern Advocate.
"We had people in that day and no wigs. Some of these people travelled from up north to come down specially and when they are not feeling 100 per cent - that's where that emotion comes from.
"We saw them and we explained and with social media it got out to quite a few people. We have reassured them, and want to reassure anybody who is travelling this journey, that we are here and we will take good care of them."
Ms Harper, who has owned the salon for 30 years and stocked wigs for 16 years, says hundreds of people come to her every year for wigs, which makes the incident so much more upsetting and urges the people who took the wigs, or anyone who knows who did, to return them.
"If they wanted to, no questions asked, leave them at the front door. Somebody just drop it."
"I would like to think that they have enough conscience to see what this impact is having on these people."
Anyone with information can contact Whangārei police on 09 430 4500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.