An errant fingerprint left at the scene of a burglary east of Ferndale led deputies to arrest a gang member with a criminal past, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.
On June 29, Pedro David Gonzalez, 20, broke into a womans home in the 300 block of West Axton Road through a bedroom window, said Sheriff Bill Elfo. A .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun and more than $11,300 in electronics, computer equipment and rifle accessories were reported stolen.
Patrol deputies found a fingerprint on the bedroom window trim. A crime lab matched it to Gonzalez, a known member of the Norteños gang, Elfo said. His criminal history includes residential burglary, attempted residential burglary, first- and second-degree theft and reckless burning mostly in Skagit County.
Gonzalez was arrested in his hometown of Mount Vernon after a foot chase Monday, July 9. He posted $80,000 bond the following day.
Elfo said Gonzalez didn't know the victim of the burglary. Deputies are still investigating and recovering stolen property.