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Mount Baker Highway closed while K9 unit located burglary suspects

DEMING, Wash. — A section of Mount Baker Highway (SR542) was closed early this morning, Thursday, November 17th, while Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies and a Bellingham Police Department K9 unit worked to locate 2 burglary suspects.

WCSO Spokesperson Deb Slater told Whatcom News via email deputies responded to a security check in the 6500 block of Mount Baker Highway around 4:40am. The property owner reported multiple subjects were visible on a live security video feed as they were attempting to break into a steel storage container. The suspects were seen using a torch to gain access to the container.

The security video showed the suspects leaving in a vehicle just before deputies arrived.

Deputies located the vehicle unoccupied nearby and 2 acetylene tanks and a blow torch along with suspected stolen property were visible inside the vehicle. 

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According to radio transmissions from the scene, a K9 unit was brought in from Bellingham Police Department to track the suspects from the vehicle. About the same time, both directions of the highway were closed in the immediate area.

Slater said the K9 track located Adam J Spry, age 44, and Daniel Lewis Williams, age 47, hiding in nearby bushes. Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail without further incident.

Jail records show the 2 were booked after 7am charged with suspicion of the following crimes.

  • 2nd-degree malicious mischief
  • 2nd-degree burglary
  • 2nd-degree theft

Williams was also charged on an active warrant out of Ferndale Municipal Court for 1st-degree driving while his license was suspended. That charge has a $25,000 bail requirement.

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Williams has prior felony convictions and is currently awaiting trial in Kittitas County Superior Court where he is charged with felony motor vehicle theft and 2nd-degree theft.

Spry has prior felony convictions and is currently awaiting trial in Whatcom County Superior Court where he is charged with felony 2nd-degree possession of stolen property.

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