Burglar makes it a spa day at Belltown salon

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by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 6:00 PM

Everyone could use a spa day now and then. But this crook didn't have an appointment.

Doug Faber says the Collage Salon he owns with his wife in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood was closed when crooks decided to come in anyway. It was the afternoon of July 4th.

 "So he came in, made himself at home and decided to make a day of it,” said Faber.

He managed to get inside by first cutting through a chain link fence, then broke through a 12-inch by 12-inch vent in the back door of the salon and managed to crawl inside. 

Faber's eight security cameras show the crook wandering the salon for five hours. At one point he's seen wearing a salon robe. Using a laundry cart he collected his loot: computers, hard drives, blank checks, and product -- lots of hair product.

"Right now we're guessing $4,000 to $5,000 worth,” said Faber.

At one point the burglar leaves the salon for about 30 minutes, only to return still wearing the robe. 

Salon staff says dirt and debris found on the bed in the aesthetician room suggests he even took a nap. And when he woke up, he took their stash of false lashes, even wax pots. 

"Maybe he's going to sell it on Ebay, maybe he's going to sell it on Craigslist, maybe he's going to approach another salon," said Faber. 

His spa day finally over, the burglar leaves a note, folded as a paper airplane and flown into Faber's office.

"It said '(expletive) happens, I'm sure you'll land on your feet. I have faith in you,’” said Faber.

A similar burglary happened at the Ola Salon in West Seattle back in May. The owners of both salons wonder if they're connected because of some similarities in how the crook carried out the crime. In both cases, the suspect left the entry rug folded in half. And in both cases, he stayed for several hours. 

If you recognize the man in the video, contact Seattle Police.
 

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