BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man suspected of burglarizing at least 14 homes in Sehome neighborhood has confessed to a slew of felonies, according to police.
Police plan to release photos next week of more than 100 stolen valuables - a jumble of guns, jewelry and electronics - so victims can recover their property, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
Larry David Ricketts, 34, was arrested on warrants Thursday, April 4, at a homeless camp in the 1100 block of Lincoln Street. An investigation linked him to a string of burglaries at Bellingham homes dating back to early February. According to police, Ricketts is cooperating and has admitted he stole to support his heroin habit.
Detectives plan to withhold many details about the break-ins - and how they established probable cause to arrest Ricketts - until mid-week, when all of the stolen goods are expected to be processed as evidence.
Several other burglars may have aided Ricketts, Young said. More than 90 suspected stolen items, plus cash and a half pound of heroin were recovered from a home in the 1100 block of Birch Bay-Lynden Road last week, according to police. Detectives believe it's all connected to a burglary ring that includes Ricketts.
Three people in the home were arrested. Young declined to release the names of the other suspects, because they haven't been served with probable cause paperwork for burglary - but he said they're all in custody for other crimes.
"The good thing is, the rash of burglaries in the Sehome neighborhood should drop off now," Young said.
Bellingham police's neighborhood anti-crime team cracked the case, he said.
Ricketts stands accused of first-degree burglary, 14 counts of residential burglary, three counts of first-degree theft, seven counts of second-degree theft, six counts of third-degree theft, two counts of second-degree vehicle prowling, first-degree criminal trespassing, and possession of burglary tools. He made his first appearance in court Friday.
In 2011, Ricketts stabbed his teenage brother in the abdomen with a foot-long butcher knife. At the time, witnesses explained to police that Ricketts has a history of bipolar disorder and had gone off his medication.
He got three months in jail for second-degree assault, and Superior Court Judge Steven Mura ordered him to go through counseling and take prescribed medication.