Boy Scout trailer burglarized outside Bellingham church


BELLINGHAM - More than $800 of Boy Scout camping equipment was stolen from a cargo trailer that was parked at Bellingham Covenant Church between Feb. 4 and 7.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 6 noticed the items missing around 5 p.m. Feb. 7 before they left for a camping trip. They reported the items missing when they got back Feb. 9, Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said.

Tire tracks were reported in the grass next to the trailer, indicating a vehicle was used in the theft, Vander Yacht said.

Paul Peterson, lead pastor at Bellingham Covenant Church, said the church was not affected by the burglary.

In total, two 12-foot-by-12-foot pop-up shelters, camp cooking gear, two camp chairs, a camping bench, two sleeping bags and a sleeping pad were stolen. All the items were marked as belonging to the troop, which will aid in investigation, Vander Yacht said.

Anyone with information about the missing items is encouraged to contact police or to email the owners at

Reach James Kozanitis at 360-715-2249 or

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