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UPDATED: Bellingham business victim of armed robbery Saturday

Armed robbery suspect on security video still. Source: Bellingham Police Department
Armed robbery suspect on security video still. Source: Bellingham Police Department

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Law enforcement personnel responded to the 1200 block of E Maple Street about 11:30am due to a report that a Bellingham business was reportedly the victim of an armed robbery today, February 5th.

Bellingham Police Department (BPD) Lieutenant Claudia Murphy told Whatcom News via email the suspect displayed a handgun, demanded cash and then fled on foot. A K9 track was attempted by K9 Destro and his handler but did not locate the suspect. This remains an active investigation.

Murphy said the suspect has been described as a white male in his late 20’s, 6-foot tall, weighing about 150 pounds and wearing a white cloth face cover, dark gray hoodie with a black vest and tan pants. 

Approximate location of the armed robbery

About 1:45pm, Western Washington University issued an advisory regarding the robbery.

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The suspect, described as a white male in his thirties, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a thin cloth mask, entered the store and pulled an automatic pistol with a matte gray finish.  He tapped the gun onto the counter, demanded money, took an undisclosed amount of cash, then put the gun away and fled. 

Bellingham police arrived and searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. 

If you see anyone matching this description, call 911 immediately.WWU Campus Advisory (February 5, 2022)

Anyone who sees the suspect is asked to call 911 immediately as he should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has any other information as to his identity is ask to contact BPD via their phone tip line at 360-778-8611 or via their email tip line via

This story was updated at 4:30pm with information provided by the Bellingham Police Department.


  1. JD February 7, 2022

    The WWU Campus advisory says “automatic pistol”. This is incorrect. There is no such thing as an automatic pistol.

  2. JD February 7, 2022

    There are few pistols that are fully automatic—that is, capable of cycling and discharging a magazine of cartridges with a single squeeze of the trigger. Though often termed “automatic,” the common semiautomatic pistol fires only one shot at each pull of the trigger.

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