Seventy-two-year-old Jim Lince has been a barber for 50 years. He’s had some of his tools since the beginning, but on Friday he unexpectedly had to spend the day replacing them.
Gentleman Jim’s Barber Shop, at 6703 Tyee Drive NW in Purdy, was burglarized sometime Thursday night. Clippers, razors, creams and other supplies were taken. Lince even lost some things that he never expected to be stolen — such as the instruction manuals for his copier and cash machine.
“They trashed my place,” Lince said. “They just dumped everything; they ruined a few things.”
Lince estimates he lost close to $1,200 in equipment. He thinks it was a smash-and-grab job, but he finds it strange that all of his tools would be lifted.
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Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey said there has been a rash of burglaries over the last 10 days. Investigators do have a lead on the case, he said.
Gentleman Jim’s wasn’t the only barber shop burglarized last week.
Harbor Barber, at 3112 Judson St., had a break-in early Thursday morning. The alarm at neighboring business, Tokyo Teriyaki, went off at 4:30 a.m., Harbor Barber’s Shannon Rassmusen said.
Soundview Barber was also burglarized. Near that barber shop, thieves also attempted to break in to the Harvester Restaurant, Busey said.
Thieves took similar items to Gentleman Jim’s from Harbor Barber: clippers, creams, beauty supplies.
“It’s very weird,” Rasmussen said.
So why barber shops?
“We’re all asking ourselves that,” Busey said.
Similar to the multiple break-ins on Judson Street, in Purdy the liquor store next to Gentleman Jim’s was hit. Thieves also tried to bust through Lince’s wall to get to Dexter’s Drive-In, but failed.
“In essence, they were trying to hit everything in (the shopping center),” Lince said.
Lince isn’t letting the setback get him down. He reopened on Saturday after replacing his tools. He didn’t see a reason why he should be closed, he said.
“I work basically because I enjoy it,” Lince said. “I enjoy what I do so I do what I do.”
Local authorities are currently investigating both cases.