ATM video links Bellingham man to two robberies


BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man was booked into jail after surveillance videos linked him to at least two robberies where he and other teenagers took victims to ATMs, told them to withdraw money and hand over their cellphones, according to police.

Jacob Lloyd Orcutt, 18, was booked into Whatcom County Jail Wednesday, Nov. 6, for investigation of second-degree robbery, second-degree identity theft and third-degree theft.

On Oct. 23, a 44-year-old man told police Orcutt and a 16-year-old boy offered to sell him "speed" downtown, Bellingham Police Sgt. Jason Monson said. The three walked to an ATM, where the man withdrew $20, and then walked to Fouts Park on Ellsworth Street.

The teens took the man's wallet, phone and keys, and later used his debit card at two different ATMs to get $130, Monson said.

Working with footage from the ATMs, detectives identified Orcutt and the other suspect but hadn't found either before Wednesday, Monson said.

At 5:42 a.m. Nov. 6, another man, 27, told police he'd been drinking alcohol at Franklin Park with Orcutt and a 17-year-old when they demanded he hand over his phone and wallet, which had $170 in it, Monson said.

The teens then told the man to take out money at an ATM, but when they tried he had nothing in his account, Monson said.

When Orcutt was arrested downtown Wednesday afternoon, police found the 27-year-old victim's phone and a small plastic bag of what they believed to be methamphetamine, Monson said. The substance was sent to a lab for analysis.

The 17-year-old was referred to juvenile court but not detained because of a medical condition, Monson said. Police have yet to find the 16-year-old from the first robbery.

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