Man arrested after overnight break-in at Bellingham bank

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 1, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - A homeless man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a downtown bank while it was closed early Wednesday, April 30, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

Police responded to an alarm at Whatcom Educational Credit Union on East Holly Street at about 3:40 a.m. and found a broken window, Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said.

Officers called into the business and got no response, then sent a police dog inside. The dog tracked down a man who had been hiding on the roof. When the man wouldn't come out from his hiding spot, the police dog pulled him out by the hand. He suffered minor injuries from the dog.

The man, identified as Larry G. Heggem, 56, had gathered a laptop and some other equipment that it appeared he was taking from the credit union, Vander Yacht said. He had knives on him, which bumped his expected charges up to first-degree burglary.

Police believe he also tried to take a coffeemaker that was connected to a water line, causing some damage to the space.

Heggem, whose address was listed as the Lighthouse Mission on West Holly Street, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree malicious mischief, first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

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