LUMMI ISLAND - A man who allegedly burglarized and shot up a Lummi Island home was found with stolen guns when he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his mother, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.
Lucas Kudner, 23, was charged Wednesday, Jan. 30, with first-degree burglary, first-degree possession of stolen property, first-degree malicious mischief and four counts of possession of stolen firearms.
The owners of a home in the 3700 block of Harmony Lane discovered the burglary Jan. 18, after being gone for some time. The home had been ransacked and about $25,000 worth of property was stolen, including guns, ammunition, jewelry and musical instruments. A gun was fired repeatedly inside and outside the house, damaging the building and a car, and a knife was used to stab walls and slash paintings, according to the sheriff's office. About $8,800 in damage was done during the burglary.
There's no indication that Kudner knew the homeowners, Sheriff Bill Elfo said.
Before the burglary was discovered, Kudner had been arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother at the home they live in nearby on Harmony Lane. He was booked for second-degree assault, and deputies seized four guns that he had at the time, according to the sheriff's office.
When they were investigating the burglary, deputies realized that the guns they seized from Kudner matched the ones stolen in the burglary. They served a search warrant on the home where he was living with his family and recovered jewelry, ammunition, instruments, chainsaws and other items taken in the burglary, according to the sheriff's office.
Kudner remained in Whatcom County Jail Wednesday in connection with the assault and burglary charges.
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