BELLINGHAM - A man suspected of breaking into a Michigan Street home for a burglary in broad daylight was arrested Monday afternoon, Jan. 14.
The victim arrived home in the 2200 block of Michigan at 1:45 p.m. to find the front door open and the sound of chatter upstairs. She thought it might be her housemate and a friend, so she went inside. Two men with backpacks rumbled down the stairs and sprinted outside toward Alabama Street.
A Whatcom County Sheriff's deputy and a state trooper helped police detain a handful of people who matched the description of the burglars. One man, Stanley Alan Dixon, 29, had a backpack stuffed with burglary tools, the victim's laptop and several other items from the Michigan Street home, Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young said.
Dixon was arrested about four blocks from the scene of the crime.
The other suspect - described as a black man in his 20s, with short hair, carrying a black and green backpack - remained at large Tuesday. Anyone with tips should call the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8800. After hours, call 911.
Police found no obvious signs of forced entry to exterior doors of the Michigan Street home. But several doors inside appeared to have been shouldered open, Young said.