Posted: January 22, 2014 5:02:10 AM PST
(Bellingham, WA) At 11:30 a.m. on 01/21/2014 Bellingham Police Department detectives detained an adult male that is believed to be responsible for multiple burglaries to businesses along the I-5 corridor. Mount Vernon resident Douglas Leif Jones (02-15-1969) was contacted Tuesday morning at a residence in the 2800 block of Victor Street, the home of an acquaintance. Detectives sought out Douglas L. Jones to determine his connection to a series of nearly 25 business break-ins to Bellingham businesses that share a common method of entry, and also share similarities to business burglaries in other jurisdictions. The burglary spree in our jurisdiction began in the later portion of August in 2013.
Douglas L. Jones cooperated with police today and admitted to involvement in many, but not all, of the 25 local business burglaries.
Our detectives and officers are quite familiar with Mr. Jones as they had arrested him on March 21, 2013 for 7 counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property in the 1st Degree. This prior arrest was the culmination of a three month investigation into 20 business burglaries in which a similar method of forced entry was employed.
Many local residents saw news reports that aired on Monday night that included video of a burglary suspect committing crimes in Arlington, Marysville and Mount Vernon. Our detectives believed this suspect to be Mr. Jones. Arlington (WA) Police, Mount Vernon (WA) Police and Burlington (WA) Police sent detectives to Bellingham to interview him. Any criminal violations that result from these interviews will be revealed by the involved agency.
Douglas L. Jones was booked into Whatcom County Jail on Wednesday evening at about 6 p.m. on initial violations of Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Malicious Mischief and Theft. Our detectives anticipate that additional criminal violations will be filed against Douglas L. Jones as each case that he was involved in is reviewed.
Bob Vander Yacht, Lieutenant