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Tim Eyman investigated for theft after Office Depot incident, Lacey police say

Tim Eyman under investigation in theft of chair from Lacey Office Depot

Lacey police were called to the Office Depot on Sleater Kinney Road Southeast on Wednesday. Store employees said they noticed an office chair was missing from a display near the front door and identified the suspect as Eyman from surveillance video.
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Lacey police were called to the Office Depot on Sleater Kinney Road Southeast on Wednesday. Store employees said they noticed an office chair was missing from a display near the front door and identified the suspect as Eyman from surveillance video.

Tim Eyman, the anti-tax activist and initiative promoter, is being investigated for misdemeanor theft after he allegedly stole a $70 chair from an Office Depot store in Lacey this week.

According to Lacey police, officers were called to the store on Sleater Kinney Road Southeast shortly after noon Wednesday. Store employees said they noticed the office chair was missing from a display near the front door and said surveillance video identified the suspect as Eyman, according to Lacey police Sgt. Jaime Newcomb.

Police watched the video and came to the same conclusion, Newcomb said. They have since forwarded their report to city prosecutors.

Lacey City Attorney David Schneider said Friday afternoon a decision about whether to charge Eyman has not been made.

“We’ll make a charging decision after we get everything, but that’s not going to be done today,” Schneider said.

When contacted by The Olympian, Eyman sent an email saying, “I just called the Lacey Office Depot who referred me to the Lacey Police Department. I am expecting a call from the officer in charge to explain what happened. I will cooperate fully in this process and will do whatever is required of me.”

Eyman recently collected enough signatures to send his latest initiative to cut car-tab taxes to a flat $30 fee to the Legislature and to the voters in November.

But The Olympian has reported that a three-year-old state Attorney General’s Office investigation into alleged kickbacks Eyman solicited and received from petition-signature-gathering firms shows some unreported payments went back as far as 2009, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s legal team contends.

Eyman is being held in contempt of court and fined daily for failing to turn over bank records, according to The Olympian’s archive.

Eyman also filed for bankruptcy and divorce late last year.

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Abby Spegman joined The Olympian in 2017. She covers the city of Olympia and a little bit of everything else. She previously worked at newspapers in Oregon, New Hampshire and Hawaii.


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