BELLINGHAM, Wash. — About 3:30pm, today, March 16th, What-Comm 911 Call Center dispatchers alerted Bellingham Police Department (BPD) officers of a reported strong-arm robbery at a Bellingham business in the 2000 block of Toledo Street. A detailed description of the suspect vehicle was also broadcast.
According to initial police radio reports, 1 or more suspects reportedly had fought with employees at the business and left with stolen products and cash.
Within minutes, a BPD officer reported to be following the suspect vehicle at a distance while heading eastbound on Mount Baker Highway.
About 3:45pm, with other law enforcement personnel reported to be in position, the BPD officer activated his emergency lights to attempt a get the vehicle to pull over. The suspect vehicle pulled over and its occupants detained about 7 miles from where the robbery was reported to have occurred.
Nicholas Kent Robert Miller, age 39, and Robert Lee Starry, II, age 48, were arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of 2nd degree robbery and 2nd degree theft.
Miller was also arrested under active warrants for failure to appear in 2 court cases. 1 is a driving under the influence charge in Whatcom County District Court and the other a felony 2nd degree theft charge in Whatcom County Superior Court.
Starry has a case pending in Whatcom County Superior Court where he is charged with suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle from an incident in January. He was out of custody after being released on personal recognizance. He is scheduled to be arraigned April 15th in that case.
Both were in custody awaiting preliminary hearings in Whatcom County Superior Court on the new charges when this story was published.