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On the evening of 01/12/2023, officers responded to a security check at a residence in Bellingham. Officers arrived on scene and confirmed that someone broke into the garage and stole a quad ATV and multiple other items. The following video shows officers establishing perimeter containment while K-9 Destro and a UAS (unmanned aerial system) pilot attempt to locate the remaining suspect.

This the video which goes along with a previous post regarding this same burglary and the capture of the male and female suspects. The track, run by K9 Destro, his handler and K-9 Rudy's handler as back up, was 55 minutes long. There were many fence crossings and a swath of blackberries so deep, K-9 Destro had to be carried through them.

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Wow! What you all do is incredible! Thank you, thank you for getting the suspect detained safely and smoothly without incident. You are such professionals, BPD! I’m sorry for the bad actions of others that have led to bad press around the nation. We are thankful for you and what you do on a daily basis! 💙🤍💙🤍

GREAT Police work and you know we love our K9s

Is the K9 officer being carried on the shoulders of his handler😍😍😍 that’s teamwork❤️🥇

That drone technology is pretty amazing, as are those K9 handlers.

Way to go Destro and all officers involved. Thank you for all you do for our community.

Good dog!!!! I just love BPD.

Nice work K9 & BPD! Loved the way the officer carried K9 through the sticker bushes!

Between the dog, the drone, and the officers, bad guys don’t stand a chance! Great work by all! 🚔🐾💙

Thank-you BPD Well Done!!!!

Thank you 🙏 very much, BPD. What a great team work. The drone was working amazingly. Please be safe out there!

Awesome job everyone. Thanks for sharing the video it's nice to see you all in action out there catching the "bad people". Thanks to you all for how hard you all work to keep Bellingham safe.

Another job well done for All the BPD who helped catch them and the K 9s too !!❤

Awesome job and capabilities BPD. If I were you I would hesitate showing drone footage, it’s gonna show criminals in the area capabilities they didn’t know you had. It could alter the way people try to evade. But great job ladies/gentlemen and keep it up!

Ya Destro/Kevin and Rudy/Jeremy! BPD has awesome k9 guys!

Another great job BPD!

Great work at capturing him. Glad you got him. Now keep him behind bars.

My GSD Bella wants me to ask if Officer Destro is single. Good job guys!

Fantastic teamwork by a fantastic team.

Destro is my hero!

Thank you! We support you!

What an incredible department. Thank you all and extra treats for Destro

Way to go BPD!

Man’s best friend 👍

Great job BPD. Thank you for all you do to keep our community safe. 💙

Thank you LE for all your work!!

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Public assistance requested, BOLO for missing person

Marye L. Ketelhut, 67, is listed as a missing person. Marye is white, 5'5", weighing 125, with hazel eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a pink, quilted coat.

Marye checked herself into a hotel on Wednesday, but checked out on Thursday and was then seen near downtown, BaseCamp, on Thursday but did not stay there. She is diagnosed with dementia and does not know her way around Bellingham. She has no car or cellphone.

If you see Marye, please call 911 immediately to we can get her back to her residence. The photos attached are the best ones provided to us. While she is wearing glasses in one of the, she does not always wear them.
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Public assistance requested, BOLO for missing person

Marye L. Ketelhut, 67, is listed as a missing person.  Marye is white, 55, weighing 125, with hazel eyes and black hair.   She was last seen wearing a pink, quilted coat. 

Marye checked herself into a hotel on Wednesday, but checked out on Thursday and was then seen near downtown, BaseCamp, on Thursday but did not stay there.  She is diagnosed with dementia and does not know her way around Bellingham.  She has no car or cellphone. 

If you see Marye, please call 911 immediately to we can get her back to her residence.  The photos attached are the best ones provided to us.  While she is wearing glasses in one of the, she does not always wear them.Image attachment

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Any chance she got ahold of a car? My husband was followed home last night by a confused woman looking for “Leroy.” He said it possibly could have been this lady, but not sure.

She looks so sweet. 💔

Around 2pm in Anacortes off commercial there was a lady with brown-dark hair, a pink coat, knit cap, glasses, backpack, and walking cane waiting to cross the street.

Prayers 😇

Shared in Seattle hope she's found safe

Shared in Lynden

Dark or light pink? If it was dark pink, maybe she was in front of Trader Joe’s Thursday afternoon around 3:30-4 PM.

Any updates BPD?

CAPS LOCK FOR VISIBILITY: If you see someone matching her description, PLEASE CALL 911 It could save her life

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Plaid wearing bank robber arrested 12 hrs after committing robbery!

BPD day shift officers responded to a bank robbery at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and the suspect was taken into custody exactly 12 hours later at 12:30 a.m. by our night shift officers!

The initial officers and detectives responded to the robbery, where the suspect entered the bank with his hands hidden under a plaid shirt, implying he had a weapon. He walked to a teller and demanded all the money in the till and then fled with the cash. He was captured on surveillance and his description (dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt and plaid jacket) was given to officers. The photo was used to positively identify the suspect by a law enforcement officer who knew him from prior contacts.

As the day went on, BPD patrol officers spent time looking for him and showing his photo. Eventually night shift patrol received a call at 12:30 a.m., that the suspect was in a mini mart near Kellogg and Meridian. Night shift officers arrived at the scene, found the suspect (still dressed in the same plaid clothing) and arrested him without incident.

The suspect still had a large amount of the stolen cash on him when he was searched. Officers also applied for and were granted a search warrant for the suspect's tent where they recovered more of the stolen cash. He is a convicted felon and had a Department of Corrections warrant for escape community custody. He was booked into jail and remains in custody on no bail.

Great job by our day shift patrol, detective division, CSIs, and night shift patrol to respond to, investigate the robbery, identify the suspect, and get him into custody within 12 hours! That allowed for the recovery of some of the cash of which he robbed the bank.

Great police work and teamwork got this plaid wearing bank robber into custody quickly.
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Plaid wearing bank robber arrested 12 hrs after committing robbery!

BPD day shift officers responded to a bank robbery at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and the suspect was taken into custody exactly 12 hours later at 12:30 a.m. by our night shift officers!

The initial officers and detectives responded to the robbery, where the suspect entered the bank with his hands hidden under a plaid shirt, implying he had a weapon.  He walked to a teller and demanded all the money in the till and then fled with the cash.  He was captured on surveillance and his description (dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt and plaid jacket) was given to officers.  The photo was used to positively identify the suspect by a law enforcement officer who knew him from prior contacts.

As the day went on, BPD patrol officers spent time looking for him and showing his photo.  Eventually night shift patrol received a call at 12:30 a.m., that the suspect was in a mini mart near Kellogg and Meridian.  Night shift officers arrived at the scene, found the suspect (still dressed in the same plaid clothing) and arrested him without incident.

The suspect still had a large amount of the stolen cash on him when he was searched.  Officers also applied for and were granted a search warrant for the suspects tent where they recovered more of the stolen cash.  He is a convicted felon and had a Department of Corrections warrant for escape community custody.  He was booked into jail and remains in custody on no bail.

Great job by our day shift patrol, detective division, CSIs, and night shift patrol to respond to, investigate the robbery, identify the suspect, and get him into custody within 12 hours!  That allowed for the recovery of some of the cash of which he robbed the bank.

Great police work and teamwork got this plaid wearing bank robber into custody quickly.

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Bellingham Police Department it's public property right?

Never realized you needed a search warrant for a tent on public property.

Once again our wonderful Bellingham Police Department working together to take another bad man down. And no one hurt Thank you BPD..

This time, keep him in jail, DA and judges need to do more to protect this city.

Great job bellingham pd glad that dangerous person is off the streets thank you so much for what you guys do for our community it's greatly appreciated.

Wohoooo!!! Awesome job BPD !!! You all are truly amazing and keep up the good work ! Thank you so very much for all that you do to keep us safe !

Great job BPD! Thank you for all the hard work you do for us!

Great job BPD

Soooo appreciate our police officers! Thank you for all you do.

Great job BPD

Awesomeness B'ham PD..thank you for your service

Sounds like he was very eager to get back under lock and key.

Outstanding work BPD!

A big thank you to our officers. Keeping our community safe.

Well done thank you BPD

Thanks BPD for keeping the bad people off the streets.

Another job well done BPD!!❤

Great job, everyone. Good thing the guy didn't change his clothes. It made him easier to spot and ID. Glad everyone is safe.

Thanks for a job well done!

This highlights a huge problem in a Bellingham. There are large numbers of people living in tents that have warrants! Many for felonies. They are dangerous and our community is paying the price. It’s just plain WRONG!

Thank you 😊 for all you do to keep our community safe. We appreciate you!❤️

That’s pretty darn cool considering there’s a lot of plaid in the PNW😉‼️ There’s no such thing as a smart criminal😡‼️

Some plaids just clash! Memorable fashion fails, or a remarkable fashion win...but memorable~always. Stay safe.

Nice police work!!!

Great work as always!

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Plaid wearing bank robber arrested 12 hrs after committing robbery!

BPD day shift officers responded to a bank robbery at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and the suspect was taken into custody exactly 12 hours later at 12:30 a.m. by our night shift officers!

The initial officers and detectives responded to the robbery, where the suspect entered the bank with his hands hidden under a plaid shirt, implying he had a weapon. He walked to a teller and demanded all the money in the till and then fled with the cash. He was captured on surveillance and his description (dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt and plaid jacket) was given to officers. The photo was used to positively identify the suspect by a law enforcement officer who knew him from prior contacts.

As the day went on, BPD patrol officers spent time looking for him and showing his photo. Eventually night shift patrol received a call at 12:30 a.m., that the suspect was in a mini mart near Kellogg and Meridian. Night shift officers arrived at the scene, found the suspect (still dressed in the same plaid clothing) and arrested him without incident.

The suspect still had a large amount of the stolen cash on him when he was searched. Officers also applied for and were granted a search warrant for the suspect's tent where they recovered more of the stolen cash. He is a convicted felon and had a Department of Corrections warrant for escape community custody. He was booked into jail and remains in custody on no bail.

Great job by our day shift patrol, detective division, CSIs, and night shift patrol to respond to, investigate the robbery, identify the suspect, and get him into custody within 12 hours! That allowed for the recovery of some of the cash of which he robbed the bank.

Great police work and teamwork got this plaid wearing bank robber into custody quickly.

#dontwearplaidtorobabank #bp176
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Congratulations Detective L. Aspessi!

Chief Mertzig promoted CSI L. Aspessi to the rank of Detective on Wednesday morning at a ceremony during our mid-morning patrol shift briefing.

Detective L. Aspessi has been working as one of BPD's Crime Scene Investigators on the very busy nightshift for the past several years. Her experience as a CSI will be an invaluable addition to the BPD Detective Team. She barely pinned her new badge on and was already hard at work on the caseload awaiting her arrival in the division.

Well done, Detective Aspessi!

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“Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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