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Teen sentenced for Bellingham robbery, theft and ID theft

BELLINGHAM — A teenager from Maple Falls must spend a year in prison for three separate crimes — robbery, theft and identity theft — committed within about a month in the downtown Bellingham area.

Jacob Lloyd Orcutt, 18, pleaded guilty in all three cases last week.

Here's the Cliff's Notes version of each crime, as told by charging papers.

Oct. 5: Theft in the first degree.

A 15-year-old boy reported a tall white man in baggy shorts — later identified as Orcutt — asked to borrow his phone around 6 p.m. in the 100 block of East Holly. The man snatched the phone out of the boy's hand, then walked off with it.

Police found Orcutt nearby. He said he "wasn't sure" if he gave the phone back.

"He also stated that people make mistakes," Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Eric Richey wrote, "and that he was going to learn from this one."

But later that month ...

Oct. 23: Identity theft in the second degree.

A 44-year-old man called police at 2:55 a.m. saying he'd been robbed by two men. They'd agreed to sell him drugs, he told police. Instead they waited for him to withdraw $20 from an ATM in the 1100 block of Dupont Street, then walked with him for two blocks and put him in a headlock.

They took the man's wallet, cell phone and keys. Bank security footage confirmed Orcutt was one of the suspects. Police didn't catch up with him till later.

In the meantime ...

Nov. 6: Robbery in the second degree.

Orcutt and two men went to Maritime Heritage Park to drink alcohol in the early morning hours. A 27-year-old man reported Orcutt demanded his cell phone and wallet. After the man turned it over they walked together to an ATM machine on Holly Street. Orcutt told the victim to withdraw cash, but then found out there wasn't much in the account.

Once again, security footage helped police to identify Orcutt.

As part of a plea deal, Orcutt must repay $460 to the 27-year-old man, undergo a substance abuse evaluation and spend a year and a day in a state prison.

Orcutt had one past felony on his record, for drug possession.