Two men arrested in connection with robbery at Lynden-area home

Couple had legal medical marijuana growing operation

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 8, 2013 

Two men were arrested over the weekend in connection with an armed robbery at a home west of Lynden with a small medical marijuana growing operation, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a Glendale Road home at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, after a couple reported that they had been robbed at gunpoint by three men in their home, Lt. Kevin Hester said.

The men showed up at the home, which contains a legal medical marijuana grow, because they said the couple's son owed them money and they were going to collect, Hester said.

One of the men allegedly pulled out a handgun and shoved it in the face of the man who lived there and demanded money. When the woman heard the commotion, she came into the room with pepper spray, but the man with the gun turned it on her and told her to drop the spray. The couple told police they were forced into chairs and held there while their home was ransacked. The three men got away with about $1,000 cash, half a pound of marijuana and TVs and electronics, Hester said.

The couple knew one of the men as an acquaintance of their son, and police are still looking for him. Deputies worked with the couple to identify the other two men thought to be involved in the robbery.

On Saturday night, deputies tracked down Larry L. Major, 39, at a home on Orleans Street. He wouldn't come out for several hours, and deputies had to fire a chemical spray into the home to flush Major out.

He was booked into Whatcom County Jail early Sunday for investigation of first-degree robbery and failure to appear for third-degree driving with a suspended license.

On Sunday night, officers from the Lummi Nation Police Department came in contact with Jorge L. Aguilar, 24, while investigating a robbery at the Silver Reef Casino. Hester wasn't sure if Aguilar was connected to that robbery, but Lummi officers knew that the Sheriff's Office was looking for Aguilar in connection with the Glendale Road robbery, so they held him.

Aguilar was booked into Whatcom County Jail Monday morning for investigation of first-degree robbery and failure to appear for forgery and second-degree theft.

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