A man from North Vancouver, B.C., has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into 13 homes and sheds at a campground in the Cain Lake area.
Detectives believe Hunter John Riley Heuring, 20, and a second man used a pry bar to break open doors and windows in the Whatcom Meadows Camping Association off of Cain Lake Road.
Thirteen burglaries were reported this month at the 167-acre getaway south of Lake Whatcom. All of the break-ins took place on the weekends of March 1-2 and 8-9. The burglars stole several thousand dollars' worth of items: drills, a chainsaw, a TV and alcohol from trailers in the campground, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.
Burglars also punched a hole in the radiator of a motorcycle, causing a few hundred dollars damage, and sprayed a fire extinguisher inside one of the homes in what seemed to be random acts of vandalism, said Undersheriff Jeff Parks.
Security cameras helped deputies to crack the case. Footage caught the pair smashing a window with a pry bar just after midnight one morning, Parks said. Other members of the association saw the video and recognized Heuring, whose father has a lot at Whatcom Meadows.
Heuring has since confessed to the crimes, Parks said. He led authorities to a stash of stolen goods in the trees. Most of the property has been returned to its rightful owners, but some had already been sold in Canada before Heuring's arrest Saturday, March 22. On top of the burglaries, he's accused of first-degree malicious mischief and trafficking in stolen property.
Detectives have identified the second suspect, but Parks declined to release details about him.
Heuring has been released from jail on $10,000 bond. His arraignment has been scheduled for April 11. He has no criminal history in Washington.