It was a theft charge, but cops say he resisted arrest. That upped the ante


A Bellingham man was arrested late Friday night in connection with an alleged robbery during a fundraising at a local service organization’s clubhouse.

Christian Lee Dillard, 18, was booked into Whatcom County Jail about 1 a.m. Saturday on charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and resisting arrest. He remained in custody Monday morning with bail set at $10,000 on each charge, jail records show.

Bellingham Police Lt. Don Almer said the incident happened about 11:40 p.m. Friday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where the hall had been rented for a private event.

Almer said witnesses told police that Dillard grabbed a cash box containing more than $750 in cash and fled.

“Two persons tackled the fleeing suspect and attempted to restrain the suspect,” Almer said. “The suspect actively resisted by twisting and kicking in attempts to escape.”

Such use of force elevates theft into robbery, Almer said. Both crimes are felonies under Washington state law.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty