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Bellingham woman finds 'burglary' suspect asleep under her bedroom comforter

A mock wanted poster in a Bellingham Police squad room jokingly refers to a recent 911 burglary call in which the culprit eluded officers.
A mock wanted poster in a Bellingham Police squad room jokingly refers to a recent 911 burglary call in which the culprit eluded officers. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Police are on the lookout for the pint-sized perpetrator who ransacked a Columbia neighborhood home last weekend.

A police statement indicated that evidence shows the break-in was the work of what criminal profilers call a "disorganized" suspect, with the victim's belongings strewn about her house.

But it proved to be a whodunnit more in line with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" than "In Cold Blood," said Lt. Danette Beckley.

Beckley said the caper began Saturday as two officers answered a suspected burglary call.

"A 30-year-old woman had returned to her home after a few hours away to find it ransacked," Beckley said in a Facebook post detailing the incident. "Items knocked over, blinds in disarray, etc. No forced entry. No suspects. Nothing obviously missing."

She said a crime scene investigator searched for potential evidence and officers left.

But the woman called 911 again, saying she had found the culprit — a squirrel — asleep under her bedroom comforter, Beckley said.

It was last seen running north on Russell Street, possibly toward nearby Cornwall Park.

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Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty



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