BELLINGHAM - A 64-year-old resident of west Bellingham interrupted a burglar breaking in through her bedroom window Thursday morning, June 13, according to police.
The woman heard someone snooping around on her back deck at 7:59 a.m. in the 3000 block of Eldridge Avenue. Police believe a man climbed up on a piece of furniture, removed a window screen from the bathroom - and made eye contact with the startled resident.
He ran off, and she called 911, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
Minutes later, an officer who had been serving warrants in the area spotted someone hunkered down in a thicket of blackberry bushes about two blocks from the house, police said.
Officers arrested Larry G. Heggem, 55, on suspicion of residential burglary.
"This is exactly why we want people to keep their doors and windows locked," Young said, "even when you're home."