Manhunt for burglar in Bellingham's Geneva neighborhood ends in arrest


BELLINGHAM — Police dogs tracked down a man suspected of at least four burglaries in the Geneva neighborhood Friday afternoon, Feb. 7, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

A resident returned home in the 1200 block of Lakeview Street around 1:30 p.m. Friday to find a man in a black hoodie, with a shaved head, inside the house. He ran off, apologizing, when he realized he'd been spotted.

A U.S. border helicopter, police dogs and sheriff's deputies joined in the search, said Sheriff Bill Elfo. They tracked the burglar to the woods by Parkstone Lane, south of Lakeway Drive. It wasn't clear if the man had fled in a car; a black Honda Civic seemed to be driving from the scene, but that might not have been connected to the crime after all, Elfo said.

A police dog from Everett, in Bellingham for training, helped to find the burglary suspect — a man in his 20s or 30s, still wearing a black hoodie — hidden under a fallen tree in the woods around 3:15 p.m.

Deputies believe he broke into other homes in the neighborhood to steal guns and a television. They were searching for more stolen property stashed near the wooded trails where he'd been found.

The suspect refused to give his name, Elfo said. His identity hadn't been released as of Friday evening.

Neighbors can report possibly stolen items to the sheriff's office at 360-676-6650. After hours, call 911.

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