Crime

Have you seen this guy? He’s suspected of stealing cars in Bellingham

This man is suspected of stealing multiple cars Friday morning, June 10, in Bellingham. Timothy Shea confronted the man near Mount Baker Theatre and took this photo of him before he fled.
This man is suspected of stealing multiple cars Friday morning, June 10, in Bellingham. Timothy Shea confronted the man near Mount Baker Theatre and took this photo of him before he fled. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A man reportedly stole three cars Friday morning, June 10, and attempted to steal two others, leaving police scouring the city to find him.

The Friday spree:

Around 9 a.m., Zodiac Airline Cabin Interiors, 3225 Woburn St.: An employee told police he had parked his black 1998 Jeep Cherokee in Zodiac’s parking lot at about 5:30 a.m. When he returned a few hours later, it was gone.

The man directed officers to the area of the lot where the Jeep had been parked. Nearby was a Subaru that police determined had been reported stolen in Seattle, Sgt. Carr Lanham said.

Around 9:30 a.m., near the 100 block of North Commercial Street: Police received reports of a man trying doors on a Subaru parked along Commercial Street, Lanham said.

Timothy Shea, who owns Hundred North, a restaurant going in at 100 N. Commercial St., was there working on renovations. Shea saw a man in a nearby parking lot inserting a keys into a Subaru but thought nothing of it at the time.

When Shea looked up a few moments later, the man was standing at another Subaru. Shea pulled out his phone, turned on the camera, and approached the man.

The man, according to Shea’s account, asked Shea for directions to Interstate 5. Shea ignored the question.

“I said, ‘What’s your problem, why are you trying to break into people’s cars?’” Shea said, recalling the encounter. Shea told the man he was calling police.

Shea said that the man had a keychain full of what appeared to be car keys. The man stuttered for words and quickly got into the Jeep and left. A large tan dog, likely mixed breed, was in the front seat.

Around 10:45 a.m., 925 N. Forest St.: A man reported that his Subaru Impreza was missing. A black Jeep Cherokee was parked next to where the Impreza had been parked, Lanham said. The Impreza license plate is APY 1842.

Around 11:30 a.m., along Northwest Avenue: The car thief tried to steal a Toyota Land Cruiser, Lanham said. The suspect left in the Impreza.

Around 1 p.m., King Nissan Volvo, 1516 Iowa St.: The suspect tried using a slimjim tool to unlock a green Nissan Pathfinder, said Lt. Mike Johnston.

None of the stolen vehicles have been damaged, Lanham said.

The man is described as white, in his late 20s, with long brown hair and a slight growth of facial hair. He was wearing a black, zipped-up jacket with white on the sleeves, police said.

Police suspect the man is headed north, and BPD has advised all agencies north of Bellingham that he may be heading that way, Lanham said.

This story will be updated.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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