Bellingham police seek Buzz Thru Coffee robber

A robber remains at large after he crawled into a Bellingham coffee stand, took cash and ran off Tuesday evening, March 15.

A man in a gray hoodie walked up to a drive-up window on the east side of Buzz Thru Coffee, 2605 Meridian St., and ordered a drink around 5:40 p.m.

The barista, 24, shut the window and started making his drink. Then she heard a noise behind her and turned back around to see the man had slid the window open to climb in, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

According to police, he told her something to the effect of: “I won’t hurt you if you give me the money.” He kept his hands in the pockets of his sweatshirt. He never said if he had a weapon, according to police.

The man grabbed cash from the register and fled. Meanwhile, the barista crawled out the window, cutting her leg on a piece of metal as she escaped and leaving her phone behind. She flagged down a passerby, who called 911.

The barista later needed to get stitches for the cut at St. Joseph hospital.

The suspect ran south on Meridian Street, turned onto West North Street and ducked into an alley, Vander Yacht said. Officers set up a perimeter and searched with a police dog but could not find him. The last officers left the scene around 7 p.m.

The robber is described as white with a tan, in his early 20s, and a stocky 5-foot-7. He wore gray sweatpants, a gray sweatshirt and a light gray beanie.

Police are trying to track down security footage that shows the man.

Tips should be directed to the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8800 or After hours, call 911.

Detectives don’t believe the robbery is linked to another robbery on Wednesday morning, three blocks away at a Haggen store.

Last year Dennis J. Ridley, 64, was charged with committing a spree of armed robberies at Bellingham espresso stands and grab-and-go restaurants. He’s still awaiting trial in Whatcom County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb