Police are seeking information about the owner of a pickup that is linked to at least one of several recent vandalism incidents in downtown Bellingham.
Pictured on the Bellingham Police Department’s Facebook page is the photo of a maroon 1990s Toyota pickup with a black bed cap and a utility-style roof rack.
Lt. Danette Beckley said the image, posted Thursday afternoon, is of a vehicle suspected in a January malicious mischief at Leaf & Ladle, 1113 N. State St. The photo appears to have been taken from a camera mounted atop a traffic signal at Chestnut and State streets, but Beckley said she wasn’t sure where police obtained it.
Leaf & Ladle’s co-owner Linda Melim was hopeful that a suspect can be identified in the Jan. 16 incident that caused some $2,500 in damages and closed her business for a day.
“I’m just glad they’re finding someone who maybe owns (the truck),” Melim said Friday. “It would be awesome if they did.”
A video taken from the Herald Building shows the pickup stopping in front of the restaurant about 4:10 a.m. Jan. 16. Two people emerge and run to the front of the building, where Melim said two windows and the door were shattered.
“Two people got out and they brought their own rocks,” Melim said. “Their intent was to break our windows. It was obviously targeted vandalism. It was more than just college students throwing rocks.”
One week after the incident at Leaf and Ladle, windows were smashed at the Western Washington University City Center offices in the Herald Building.
Rick Mayer, head building maintenance engineer for Daylight Properties, which owns the building, said damage totaled $700 to $800.
Two other window-smashing incidents were reported at nearby businesses since the Leaf and Ladle and Herald vandalism, along with three other unspecified vandalism incidents, according to police activity reports.
Beckley said she couldn’t be certain if the North State Street vandalism incidents are connected, because the detective assigned to the case is on vacation. She was unsure why it took a month to post the photo of the pickup, but noted that video technicians must prioritize their work.
“I’m sure this is important to the owners,” Beckley said. “But (video technicians) have more pressing cases, such as assaults, that they have to look at first.”