After a giant Donald Trump-inspired baseball cap was stolen from outside a Redondo Beach hair salon, the owner was on Wednesday asking for help identifying the thieves, who were caught on video.
The red hat, stolen early Tuesday from Joe Oliveri Hair Design, was emblazoned with the words “Make Your Hair Great Again,” a play on the Republican presidential candidate’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
The hat had been placed on a topiary sculpture of a head outside the salon at 1401 South Pacific Coast Highway. The sculpture, a local landmark of sorts for several decades, is periodically changed, according to the salon's owner.
"Trump, being the locomotive that he is -- I thought I would take advantage of it with the hat, so I had a hat made ... that fits the statue," Oliveri told KTLA.
Several months before the hat was stolen, it was vandalized, Oliveri said. He had it remade, he said.
He posted video to YouTube of the hat being stolen on Tuesday.
The video shows the trio of thieves trying once to tug the hat off before successfully tossing it over the top of the head and riding away with it on top of a sedan. The hat appears to be several feet across.
The theft occurred about 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to Officer John Anderson of the Redondo Beach Police Department.
Three suspects were seen taking the giant hat and driving away in a black four-door car — with the hat on top, Anderson confirmed.
The hat thieves were described as follows: a man with an apparent mustache, beard and short hair, wearing a blue, flannel-type shirt and blue jeans; a Hispanic man wearing a light-colored striped hoodie and blue jeans; and another Hispanic man, heavy-set and with facial hair, wearing blue jeans and a white L.A. Dodgers jersey with No. 32, legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax’s number.
The hat is worth $2,500, Oliveri said, adding that he wasn't "committed" to Trump as a candidate and that the hat wasn't intended to be political.
The theft, he said, showed "the intelligence of a few mental midgets."
He was considering having the hat replaced.
"We're going to stay here and keep trying to make people's hair great again," Oliveri said.
As he spoke to KTLA Wednesday afternoon, a passerby shouted, "Go, Trump, go."
KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.