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Bellingham shop owner offers reward for arrest of ‘unprofessional’ burglars

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The Bellingham Coin Shop was burglarized earlier this week, and the owner is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Sometime between 6 p.m. Monday and 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, two windows were smashed to get into the store on the 1800 block of Cornwall Avenue. Once inside, the burglar or burglars smashed several glass cases inside that were filled with jewelry, coins and currency, according to R.B. Wick, owner of the Bellingham Coin Shop.

Wick was in Oregon watching the eclipse when he learned the coin shop had been broken into, he said.

Wick said the suspect or suspects made off with quite a bit, adding several inexpensive things also were taken, but other more valuable items were left.

“They were by no means professionals, “ Wick said. “We’re very fortunate they didn’t know what they were doing.”

Wick estimated damage to the store along with the stolen merchandise at around $10,000.

There were security cameras inside the shop, but police have yet to develop leads, according to Lt. Danette Beckley, spokeswoman for the Bellingham Police Department.

Investigators are waiting on a detailed inventory from Wick to determine the value of the stolen goods, Beckley said. Wick said he expects to have the list by Wednesday, but acknowledged the difficulty in knowing and listing everything that was stolen because of the mess left by the burglars.

Business will continue as usual, he said.

“I’m just happy no one was hurt,” Wick said. “We have insurance for a reason. It was just someone breaking in in the middle of the night. I’m relieved the way it happened.”

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8800 or go online at www.cob.org/tips.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

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