Apple devices targeted in burglary spree

Series of burglaries occurred on Friday evening

Oct 06, 2016 - by Lt. Bob Vander Yacht

​Bellingham (WA) A recent series of residential burglaries have a couple things in common…the residence was not locked while the resident/s were away and the main target of the burglaries are laptop computers.  These crimes occurred in the 1000 block of High Street, 900 block of E. Maple Street, 100 block of Morey Avenue and in the 700 of N. Garden Street.  All four occasions were after 9:30 p.m. on Friday September 30.  Three of the residences were entered through an unlocked door, and one residence through an unlocked window. 

The laptops are primarily Apple products with a total of 14 devices taken from the four residences.  All of the involved housing have multiple occupants that are of college age. 

Based on this spree of crimes it is likely that the suspect/s will continue to be active near the WWU campus area.  It is important to make sure that the doors and windows of your home are properly locked.  Be vigilant for suspicious behavior like a person that is lurking near homes for a long period of time.  Call 911 to report suspicious activity.

Some of our Nextdoor.com neighbors have provided some additional advice about Apple products:

  1. Turn off Bluetooth in your system settings to avoid your device being discovered.
  2. Make sure you have your laptop password protected.

If you have information related to this series of crimes please call our Tip-Line at 360-778-8611.  You can also leave information at www.cob.org/tips.

 


Media Contact

​Lt. Bob Vander Yacht
Bellingham Police Department
Rvanderyacht@cob.org


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