Washington state crimes by the numbers
A man who called 911 early Saturday morning to report that his parents’ house in Blaine was being robbed also got a trip to Whatcom County Jail alongside the man who reportedly broke into the house.
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office booked Jason Nicolas Dean, 34, on suspicion of complicity to commit theft of a firearm, complicity to commit first-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drugs by a prisoner, and according to jail records he is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Blake Timothy Vandermeulen, 31, was booked on suspicion of first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm and is being held on $20,000 bail.
According to the police probable cause statement provided to The Bellingham Herald by Chief Deputy Kevin Hester, law enforcement responded at 2:32 a.m. Saturday, March 29, to the 4200 block of H Street Road after Dean called 911 to report that his parents, who were out of town, were alerted by their surveillance system that a man was in their home.
Dean told the 911 dispatcher that he believed the person in the home was the same person who had recently dropped him off at a Ferndale hotel, the report said, but Dean was not cooperative with dispatchers and would not give the name of the man in the house.
Blaine Police officers arrived at the house at 2:36 a.m. and detained an unidentified man sitting in the passenger side of a pickup parked out front, the report said, before they saw a flashlight coming from an upstairs room of the house and saw Vandermeulen walking from the back of the house carrying a laptop and bag of property.
Officers also detained Vandermeulen, the report said, and found him carrying an unloaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver and several knives. Vandermeulen reportedly admitted to taking the handgun, laptop computer and other property that was in the bag from the house.
Vandermeulen also reportedly told officers that he had picked up Dean earlier that night from the Ferndale Pilot Travel Center because Dean was “tweaking” on drugs. After he picked him up, Dean reportedly told Vandermuelen that he had left his phone and drugs at the travel center and feared being arrested.
Dean asked Vandermeulen to go to the parents’ home and steal jewelry, guns and cash to raise bail money, according to the report and told Vandermeulen how to get into the backyard by lifting a gate off the hinges and entering the house. Dean also reportedly spoke about where to find the jewelry and handgun and that there was a grocery bag on Dean’s bed that already contained some jewelry and a laptop computer.
Police later located Dean walking in Ferndale.
According to court records, Dean is awaiting an April 15 jury trial in Whatcom County Superior Court for second-degree extortion, first-degree stolen property trafficking and multiple controlled substance charges. He also has convictions for possession of a controlled substance and bail jumping in 2014 in Whatcom County and is scheduled to be arraigned on the latest incident on April 12.
Whatcom County Superior Court records also state that Vandermeulen is awaiting a May 13 jury trial for forgery and a June 3 jury trial for controlled substance possession from incidents earlier this year. He has previous convictions for theft, burglary, possession of a controlled substance, forgery, identity theft and stolen property trafficking from between 2010 and 2016. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the latest incident on Friday.