Police: Bellingham man 'just trying to get home' steals truck hauling tractor


BELLINGHAM - A man who allegedly stole a truck that was hauling a tractor was arrested early Wednesday, May 7, after he crashed it into a retaining wall at an elementary school, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

At about 1 a.m., employees at an Iowa Street business were warming up a Ford F-450 utility truck attached to a trailer hauling a John Deere tractor in the business' fenced work yard. The next they knew, the truck was suddenly driven off the lot.

Employees followed the truck east on Iowa and alerted a police officer who was in the area. The stolen truck went north on Yew Street and into the parking lot of Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew St., where it stopped after crashing into a 3-foot-tall retaining wall.

When police caught up to the crashed truck, the driver, identified as 21-year-old Gregor K. Troost, was still behind the wheel.

Troost, who lists himself as a student at Western Washington University on Facebook, was booked into Whatcom County Jail for suspicion of driving under the influence, second-degree burglary for going into the fenced area without permission and two counts of motor vehicle theft for the truck and the tractor.

Troost, who lives in the 800 block of Newell Street, told officers he took the truck because he was "just trying to get home."

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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