FERNDALE, Wash. — The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office used social media Thursday, March 24th, to announce how a recent series of events led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Anacortes man
On March 22 around 7:00 pm, deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the 4800 block of Northwest Dr. Neighbors who knew the owner of the residence was not at home, reported seeing three males at the residence. Upon arrival, deputies confirmed the residence had been broken into and a large amount of property stolen. A gun safe was pried open and over 10 firearms were taken.
The next morning around 2:30 am, Ferndale Police responded to a residence in the 2300 block of Douglas Rd to attempt to locate a reported stolen car for the Oak Harbor Police Department. Oak Harbor PD believed that 28-year-old Cameron Bielman from Anacortes was a suspect in the car theft, but did not have probable cause for his arrest.
Ferndale PD located the stolen vehicle at the Douglas Rd address. On the driver’s seat, a shotgun was visible. Deputies used the serial number from the gun stolen the night before and contacted the owner who confirmed he had a shotgun that matched the gun in the vehicle.
There also appeared to be other stolen property in the vehicle. Deputies applied for search warrants for both the vehicle and the residence.
WCSO SWAT and Crisis Negotiators served the warrant on the residence at 7:30 am. Negotiators requested Mr. Bielman to exit the home. After about 20 minutes, Mr. Bielman exited the residence and was arrested without further incident. Another individual who was in the home provided a statement to deputies saying that Mr. Bielman threatened to kill her if she tried to leave. She was able to leave when Mr. Bielman fell asleep.
Mr. Bielman was booked into Whatcom County Jail without incident on the following charges:
• Burglary 1st degree for participating in a residential burglary
• Theft of a Firearm for stealing multiple rifles, shotguns and handguns from the residence
• Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st for possessing the stolen shotgun
• Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
• Unlawful Imprisonment
• Felony Harassment
This will be the 10th time Bielman has appeared as a defendant in Whatcom, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish County Superior Courts since 2012. He has felony convictions for 2nd degree identity theft, forgery, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and 2nd degree taking a vehicle without permission.
As of March 24th, Bielman remained in custody without the option to post bail while awaiting a preliminary hearing in Whatcom County Superior Court.