Watch: Tim Eyman suspected of stealing $70 chair from Office Depot

    Tim Eyman is seen at the Office Depot in Lacey. (Photo from surveillance footage via Lacey Police Dept.)

    LACEY, Wash. -- Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman is being investigated for allegedly stealing a $70 office chair Wednesday from an Office Depot in Lacey, according to the Lacey Police Department.

    Officers first got a call a little bit after noon Wednesday for a theft complaint at the store.

    When they responded, one of the employees told officers he had noticed an office chair near the entrance was missing, checked surveillance video and saw a man wearing a shirt with the words "Let the voter decide" emblazoned across the front, the police report said.

    Surveillance video from the store showed Eyman walking from a service desk where one employee said he was helping him sort out an issue with his printer, the police report said. Eyman then can be seen walking into the foyer, sitting on a displayed office chair, spinning in it and wheeling it out the front door.

    The employee said he did not pay for the chair.

    Eyman then walked back into the store to exchange a printer for two other ones. An employee helped him out to his vehicle but was stopped just short of it and told by Eyman, "I've got it from here," the report said.

    The report said Eyman was identified due to the phone number, payment information and name on the system Eyman used to exchange the printers after taking the chair. The officer who responded said he also identified Eyman through a picture on his Facebook where he was wearing the same red shirt.

    Sgt. Jaime Newcomb with Lacey Police said that police tried to contact Eyman via phone following the incident but have not been able to get a hold of him.

    Since KOMO's interview with Newcomb, Eyman reached out to KOMO News saying he called Lacey Police and will "cooperate fully in this process and will do whatever is required of me."

    Officers forwarded a recommended charge of third-degree theft to the City Attorney.

    "Anytime it involves a public figure, such as Mr. Eyman, obviously it takes on a different outlook...but we treat it the same, just like any other investigation..." Newcomb said.

    Eyman is known for his $30 car-tab initiative, which is headed to the Legislature. If the Legislature does not approve the Initiative 976, it will go to voters in November.

    The anti-tax activist filed for bankruptcy in November 2018 to protect his assets from a nearly $2 million civil corruption suit brought by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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