Men carrying guns lead police to items stolen from Lynden fairgrounds


LYNDEN - After a report came in of people carrying large firearms into a British Columbia Lane home Thursday morning, Jan. 30, police found a lot more than weapons.

Radios, radio charging docks, saddles and other horse-riding gear were found by Lynden Police, Deputy Chief John Billester said. Under the radio batteries were stickers identifying them as property of the Northwest Washington Fair.

The fairgrounds had been burglarized on Tuesday night, Jan. 28, Billester said. The stolen property totaled close to $8,500.

The firearms were not related to the fairgrounds, but police are investigating to see if they were stolen in other local burglaries, Billester said.

Joseph Allen Harris and Daryk Eugene Heidt were booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree theft and second-degree burglary. A 16-year-old girl who allegedly assisted in the crime was booked into juvenile detention.

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