Dropped cellphone leads Bellingham police to suspected burglar

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 27, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - A burglar who hit four homes and prowled three vehicles forgot one thing at the scene of the crime. While stealing items from a garage on Cottonwood Avenue, the thief dropped his cellphone.

Bellingham Police Officer Rob Brandland connected the phone with a Bellingham resident of Firwood Avenue, just one block away from Cottonwood. When Brandland went to the home, he noticed a battery-powered mobility chair, one of several stolen items from a burglary spree around Jan. 22.

Randall Wayne Miller, 25, initially tried to hide in his attic when police arrived Jan. 25, but eventually he surrendered and was arrested on suspicion of burglary and vehicle prowling.

The burglar targeted vehicles and detached buildings. At one home, the thief found car keys in an unlocked back porch and stole items from the car. The mobility chair was stolen from a detached garage.

Police say they found several other stolen items in Miller's home. His parents, who also live at the home, were not involved and are cooperating with police.

Reach James Kozanitis at 360-715-2249 or james.kozanitis@bellinghamherald.com.

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