The recently-stolen barber pole at Ballard Barber Shop is once again hanging outside the decades-old business after an employee of a local antique shop heard that two poles in Ballard had been stolen.
The first pole was stolen at Smitty’s Barber Shop (5819 15th Ave NW) at the beginning of the month. Within a week, the pole at Ballard Barber Shop (6207 15th Ave NW) was also torn off the wall. “I had to put a new bolt in because I thought it was going to be gone forever,” Bob Morris, the owner of Ballard Barber Shop tells us. An employee at Smitty’s tells us their barber pole is damaged and they don’t know if it can be fixed.
Morris says an employee of Seattle Antiques Market heard the story on the radio and wondered if the two poles at the store were the ones in question. We spoke to the owner of Seattle Antiques this morning who tells us as soon as his employee brought it up, they immediately called the north precinct. After a bit of investigation, it turns out the two poles did indeed come from the Ballard businesses.
According to our news partners, the Seattle Times, a woman was arrested for the crimes. Seattle City Attorney’s Office hasn’t received the necessary paperwork from the police, so we don’t know if she will face charges. (Thanks Jon for the tip!)