Crime

Bellingham police seek help identifying Walmart robber

Bellingham police are asking for help identifying this man caught on surveillance footage as he allegedly stole two Samsung Galaxy tablets from Walmart and threatened to shoot an employee Wednesday night, June 24.
Bellingham police are asking for help identifying this man caught on surveillance footage as he allegedly stole two Samsung Galaxy tablets from Walmart and threatened to shoot an employee Wednesday night, June 24. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A man stole two tablets from Walmart and threatened to shoot an employee who confronted him Wednesday, June 24, according to police.

Police have asked for the public’s help identifying the alleged robber, who was caught on surveillance cameras with a shaved head and wearing a gray short-sleeved shirt.

Around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, the man asked a Walmart employee to open the security cabinet because he was interested in buying two Samsung Galaxy tablets, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

The man walked toward the center of the store and said he was going to show the tablets to his dad. The employee continued to follow the man into the fabrics section, where the suspect said, “I have a gun. Don’t come any closer or I will shoot you,” Vander Yacht said.

Police say the man did not display a weapon. He stuffed the tablets into his bag and ran out of the store toward apartments nearby. The employee later found the two Samsung boxes in the bushes.

The robbery was not reported to police for more than 24 hours, Vander Yacht said.

Anyone who can help identify the man is encouraged to call the police tipline at 360-778-8611, or submit a tip at http://www.cob.org/contact/police-tips.aspx referencing case number 15B25968.

  Comments