CHS had a post from a contributor recently reporting that Tim’s Barber Shop on 15th Ave East was recently victimized in a string of barber pole thefts in the city. Good news for some of the other shops in Seattle — a woman was caught trying to sell some of the poles and they are back with their owners. Sadly, Tim’s remains missing:
On Aug. 17, police recovered the two Ballard poles from the Seattle Antiques Market below Pike Place, where the alleged thief was caught on video selling them. Police arrested the woman, but she is not in custody now, according to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. It is uncertain whether she will be charged in connection with the two incidents. Prosecutors say they have not yet received paperwork about them from the police.
On Aug. 18, Tim Collins, owner of Tim’s Barber Shop in Capitol Hill, arrived at work to find that someone had unbolted his 50-year-old pole from the wall.
Collins said he’ll eventually buy a new pole if the old one doesn’t turn up, and next time he’ll use bolts a thief can’t unscrew.
“I thought about maybe wiring it up with 110-volt wires, and then we’d find out who was trying to steal it — because they’d be lying on the ground in the corner,” Collins joked.