Man arrested on suspicion of robbing Bellingham minimarts

A man was arrested early Saturday, Aug. 29, on suspicion of robbing two minimarts in the Bellingham area.

Pedro E. Polo, 43, entered a Starvin Sam’s Mini-Mart in the 1100 block of Iowa Street at about 5:45 p.m. Friday, kept a hand in his sweatshirt pocket to indicate he had a gun concealed and allegedly demanded money, said Sgt. Ken Brown of the Bellingham Police Department.

Polo allegedly fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. At about 4 a.m. Saturday morning, Bellingham police officers were called to assist Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies in another robbery, which occurred at a Yorky’s Market in the 3900 block of Bennett Drive, Brown said.

As officers set up a perimeter around the market, one spotted three people, including Polo, in the area, Brown said. The officer stopped the three people while a police dog tracked their scent from the market to them, Brown said.

Polo admitted to both robberies and was booked into the Whatcom County jail, Brown said. A woman who was with Polo, Kathleen A. Taylor, 44, of Bellingham was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery because she allegedly encouraged Polo, Brown said.

It was unclear if anything was stolen from the Yorky’s Market.