• Burglar hits 5 Olympia businesses

    By: Richard Thompson


    OLYMPIA, Wash. - In the past few days, a burglar who seems more interested in destruction than theft has targeted five east Olympia businesses.

    "They trashed it. They took a crowbar to my downstairs door and they just trashed my entire salon," said Michael Lerch, owner of Salon 360 commenting on the burglary of his business on Sunday.

    Once the burglar got inside Salon 360, Lerch said he ripped salon chairs open, sprayed shampoo and tossed papers all around the business. Lerch said two words describe the burglar.

    "Absolute jerk," Lerch said.

    Less than a block away, Yunique Hair studio was also ransacked.

    Documents were tossed everywhere and fire extinguishers sprayed throughout the building.

    "It's a big mess," owner Ho Yun told KIRO 7 Wednesday.

    Stylist Lori Marrazzo said the damage was horrible.

    "It was just an absolute mess. You're stunned. Everything is covered in white dust from the fire extinguisher," Marrazzo said.

    An eyewitness spotted the burglar Tuesday morning using a crowbar and trying to pry the back door of Olympia's Honey Bakery. He is described as white, 5'10", and about 170 pounds. 

    Bakery owner Julie Robinson said, "I don't understand it and most of the people in this community are just at a loss why someone would do this."

    Police believe the same burglar busted the door at Tabatha's Hair Design and stole the salon's laptop computer, which contains all the salon's appointments and customer information.

    Owner Tabatha Watts told KIRO 7, "We're a small business, we live paycheck to paycheck like every other average American. When they take from us it takes away from our families, so he's pathetic."

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