BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies responded to a report of vehicle theft in the 2300 block of Nulle Road about 1am on Saturday, April 23rd.
According to an email from WCSO Spokesperson Deb Slater, it was determined a suspect had entered and stolen items from inside the residence and then left in a vehicle that had been parked in the garage. This was done while the residents inside were sleeping.
While deputies were enroute to the call, Bellingham Police Department officers reported having located the stolen car in South Bellingham and attempted to pull it over. Instead of stopping, it fled at a high speed. Slater said that due to legislation enacted into law in last year, law enforcement personnel are not able to pursue people fleeing in vehicles for crimes of either vehicle theft or residential burglary. As a result, the vehicle was not pursued.
WCSO is continuing their investigation.