Rant: Bellingham Police make little effort to catch burglars


I'm writing this letter on behalf of my father. Not that he can't write. He can. He's a retired lieutenant colonel with three tours in Vietnam and over 20 years service. It's just that his home town, Bellingham -- the place he's lived for over 40 years -- has neglected him and my mother. I'm sure he's at a loss for words, or in typical Special Forces fashion he simply says to heck with it and drives on.

Our family takes periodic vacations to not-so-typical locations. We've gone to Vietnam, Paris, and recently Italy. It's not that we're rich. But, the entire family has worked hard and now that we can enjoy each other, we do.

Just recently, my folks came home from just such a tour and found their home had been burglarized. The idiots came in through a bathroom window, cutting themselves, leaving blood everywhere and, no doubt, fingerprints.

The responding officers were pleasant and even apologetic. It appears that as long as no one was hurt, no gun was involved, no fingerprints or DNA would be taken leaving it as an unsolved open crime.

I certainly understand. It takes a crime scene analyst a few minutes to dust, and at least five minutes to gather a DNA sample.

And even if Bellingham Police Department ran the fingerprints through Automated Fingerprint Identification System and it took six months for results, that would be better than the no effort shown by the police.

Good work.

- Dee Christensen II of Bellingham, via Letters to the Editor

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