Bellingham Police found a man they suspect of robbing the WECU bank on Orleans Street last week hiding in a crawlspace inside a bedroom closet Thursday in a house near Alderwood Elementary.
Crayton Santana Lawrence, 34, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery and second-degree theft, and he is being held on $20,000 bail. Lawrence, according to court documents, has a previous conviction for second-degree theft in September and third-degree theft in August. He is scheduled for arraignment Friday.
Police in a Facebook post Monday asked for help identifying a man in a security camera photo obtained after they responded to a report of a bank robbery at 6:36 p.m. Nov. 26.
According to information provided by Lt. Claudia Murphy in an email Monday to The Bellingham Herald, the robber passed a note stating that nobody would be hurt if the money was given to him, “implying violence should the demand not be met.” Murphy said the bank reported a financial loss of more than $3,000 from the robbery.
Based on tips following the post, Murphy said police were able to identify Lawrence, and on Thursday, the Anti-Crime Team discovered that he was possibly at a house in the 3300 block of Hollywood Avenue.
A deputy from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Lawrence was in a back bedroom, Murphy said, and officers called for Lawrence to exit the house, but he ignored those commands.
Police obtained a search warrant for the house, and found him hiding in the crawlspace in a back bedroom, and he was taken into custody without incident.