Police arrest suspect in Bellingham business burglary spree

Bellingham police have arrested a man suspected of committing dozens of burglaries to businesses in Bellingham and in several other cities along the Interstate 5 corridor.

Douglas Leif Jones, 44, of Mount Vernon, was contacted and detained by police detectives at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the home of an acquaintance in the 2800 block of Victor Street in Bellingham, according to police.

Detectives sought out Jones to determine his connection to a series of nearly 25 break-ins to Bellingham businesses that started last August. The crimes share similarities to business burglaries in Arlington, Mount Vernon and Burlington, according to police.

Police said Jones has admitted involvement in many, but not all, of the 25 burglaries in Bellingham. He was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of burglary in the second degree, malicious mischief and theft. Detectives anticipate that additional charges will be filed.

Police from Arlington, Mount Vernon and Burlington also plan to interview Jones.

Bellingham police previously arrested Jones in March 2013 in connection to an earlier series of business break-ins. He was charged with seven counts of trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, according to police.

Evan Marczynski, associate editor of The Bellingham Business Journal, can be reached at 360-647-8805 or evan@bbjtoday.com

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