Lynden man accused of stealing guns at party

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 3, 2014 

LYNDEN - A man accused of burglarizing the Lynden fairgrounds to the tune of $8,500 is now facing firearm theft charges after leading police right to the weapons' real owner.

Police discovered the property stolen from the Northwest Washington Fair - saddles, radios and other equipment -in the home of Joseph Allen Harris on British Columbia Lane on Jan. 30. They also found a rifle, a shotgun and a handgun, Lyden Police Detective Lee Beld said.

Harris told police his friend let him borrow the guns, Beld said, and gave the police his friend's name. When police called the man on Saturday, Feb. 1, they got a different story. The man said the weapons belong to his brother. They went missing from a party at their home in Everson, which Harris attended, Beld said.

After receiving this information, police booked Harris into Whatcom County Jail. He is charged with theft of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, and first-degree theft and second-degree burglary charges related to the fairgrounds items.

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

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