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Last Updated:  Friday, 7 March, 2003, 12:50 GMT
Cher's missing wig handed to police
Cher is known for her flamboyant style
Police have recovered a wig stolen from Cher's dressing room during a concert tour.

The star's wig, which was valued at $10,000 (6,226), was reported missing following a gig at Richmond Coliseum in Virginia.

But a woman walked into a local police station a week later and handed over the black and teal-coloured braided hairpiece

The breakthrough came after a police officer from nearby Chesterfield overheard a man boasting about having the wig.

The suspect later told police he had given it to an unknown woman outside the concert on 25 February.

The identities of the two suspects have not yet been revealed.

"At this point in the investigation, it is believed that these folks were fans," police spokeswoman Christie Collins said.

"Part of the investigation is how they got into that room."

The wig had been stored in Cher's backstage wardrobe room which was left unguarded.

It was only discovered missing when the road crew began unpacking costumes the next night ahead of Cher's performance in Baltimore.

The wig has not yet been returned to the singer as it will be used as evidence in any prosecution.

Richmond Coliseum manager Larry Wilson Jr promised the thieves would be prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law".

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