Downtown Seattle

Police: Man rips off door-handle ax from downtown store

SEATTLE -- A thief made off with a downtown store's door handle, which also happened to be an ax, after an attempt to burglarize the business failed Friday night, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, surveillance camera footage shows a man walk up to the doors of the Carhartt store on Pike Street around 11:15 p.m. and pry off the door handle, which again is an ax.

The video then shows the man trying to pry the doors open but being bested by the deadbolt. So, instead of burglarizing the store he just walks off with the wood-handled ax he ripped off the door, according to the report.

While the store's manager and a handful of employees were replacing the stolen door-handle ax with an old frying pan, citizens let them know there was a man walking around with an ax handle sticking out of his backpack.

A Carhartt employee said officers later arrested the man and recovered the now-broken ax.

Sadly, the store was forced to remove the new frying-pan door handle because people kept messing with it, the employee said. It seems the world just isn't ready for door handles that are also other things.