Purse Snatcher Hits Tin Theater Again, Gets Around $200; Reward Offered

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Olde Burien’s Tin Theater (BTB Advertiser), located next to the Tin Room Bar, was the victim of theft again on Thursday (Oct. 28th) apparently by the same purse snatcher who struck Oct. 14th, this time making off with “around $200” from a purse and bank bag.

According to proprietor Dan House:

He returned and did the same, this time pushing in our “Cashier” window and taking our server’s purse and a bank bag.

This was done around 5:30pm Thursday (Oct. 28th), and he was wearing just about the same clothes – a bulky, striped shirt to hide the goods like the last time.

He came in the theater side, ducked under the red velvet rope, walked back and in about two minutes came back out with the goods stuffed under his shirt.

As before, we got it on tape, and the police have been notified.

It seems that he does not care about time of day, as we had around 20 people in the theater and if they came out they would have bumped right into him; we were all here.

Reward stays the same – $300, with $200 cash and $100 on a Tin Room gift card.

“People should look for this thief strolling the streets,” House added. “This guy’s M.O. appears to be to walk into an open establishment, snatch something, stuff it under his shirt then casually leave. Everyone should look for a guy walking around town with a stuffed shirt…”

Here are pics (courtesy a security cam by BTB Advertiser Freedom Systems) from the Oct. 14th purse snatching incident, when the suspect stole Chirlee’s purse (Chirlee is Dan’s Mom, and she just turned 75):

The suspect is described as an African-American male, standing 5’9″ to 6’2″ and weighing around 185lbs.

Burien Police are on the case already, and are asking that if anyone recognizes the suspect in the photos, to please call them immediately at (206) 296-3311.

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2 Responses to “Purse Snatcher Hits Tin Theater Again, Gets Around $200; Reward Offered”
  1. Susie says:

    Please secure your purses ladies. Put them in a locked room. You are making it too easy for this creep!

  2. Coverofnight says:

    In the pictures, I see that there’s a lot of free booze sitting out waiting to be sampled/taken, too! Can’t believe that establishment was left unattended like that. Regardless, let’s see the other pics of this punk too, so the public can identify him and get him arrested. Or maybe it’s time for a sting/setup operation to catch this loser…

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