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Suspect tracked by fingerprints on Bellingham robbery note pled guilty

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A Bellingham man arrested and charged with 2nd degree robbery after fingerprints on a note used in the robbery were matched to his recently pled guilty to the charge.

Mark Dillion Gargis, age 27, was arrested on October 7th, booked into the Whatcom County Jail and charged with suspicion of 2nd degree robbery following Bellingham Police Department’s investigation of a September 3rd robbery.

Bellingham Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at an E Holly Street retail business shortly after 6pm on September 3rd. They were unable to locate the suspect but were able to determine a general description from the business’ security video.

The suspect had not been wearing gloves and left a note behind that was processed for fingerprints which were then used to scan a fingerprint database. The best candidate from the scan also matched the physical characteristics of the suspect seen in the security video. This led to Gargis’ arrest.

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After pleading guilty to the 2nd degree robbery charge, Gargis was sentenced to 56 days in custody and $500 in fees and fines.

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