Ferndale police arrest 2 after home-invasion robbery

Two men who left empty-handed after breaking down a front door last week, brandishing a stun gun and demanding drugs and money have been arrested, according to police.

Robert Theodore Dodge, 46, and Gene Thomas Stenberg, 32, admitted to invading a home on the 6100 block of Portal Way on May 28, said Lt. Bill Hatchett. They were booked into Whatcom County Jail on Wednesday, June 3, on suspicion of burglary and robbery in the first degree.

The two men kicked down the door wanting cash and drugs. Dodge brandished a stun gun and had a knife on him, and both wore some sort of mask over their faces, Hatchett said. The men fled when residents said they had nothing to give them and called 911.

Officers and police dogs could not find the men right away. Surveillance footage indicated the suspects drove Dodge’s car from the scene, so police searched the vehicle the next day and found a knife believed to be used in the home invasion. They also found methamphetamine, a meth pipe and some stolen property in the car, Hatchett said.

The stun gun was not recovered and reportedly was thrown in the Nooksack River, Hatchett said.

Police arrested Dodge in Bellingham on Wednesday once they had probable cause. In addition to the burglary and robbery charges, he was arrested on suspicion of a controlled substance violation, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property. Police arrested Stenberg later Wednesday evening.

Stenberg has convictions of child molestation, possession of stolen property and five counts of failure to register as a sex offender. Dodge’s rap sheet includes residential burglary, harassment and drug charges.

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