Police catch burglar in Cordata neighborhood

K9 Danek credited for finding suspect

May 12, 2017 - by Danette Beckley

Phillip Sullivan, 35, was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail early this morning.  Sullivan was booked on four counts of burglary in the 1st degree, one count of Attempted Burglary, Theft 3rd and Malicious Mischief 2nd.

Just before 2:00 am officers responded to the 500 block of Creekbend Lane after a resident called about a prowler, later identified as Sullivan, being in his backyard.  The reporting party told 911 that the prowler had removed the screen from one of the windows of his residence.  When police arrived they found two screens had been removed from the calling party's residence.  The handle to an exterior man door had also been broken off, allowing entry to the garage. 

The reporting party's car had been rifled through but there was no one in the garage.  Police K9 Danek was deployed to help search for Sullivan.  K9 Danek tracked to a yard in the 600 block of Creekbend Lane.  There police found the exterior man garage door kicked in.  Officers contacted the resident who was awake due to a loud noise he heard.  While officers were talking with this resident he began shouting that the suspect was in his house.  Sullivan fled the residence and refused officers verbal orders to stop.  Sullivan was apprehended by K9 Danek and taken in to custody.  Sullivan was found to be armed with a fixed blade knife.

Police searched the neighborhood and found a third burglary victim in the 600 block of Creekbend Lane.  As with the others, entry was made through the garage.  A window was damaged to allow entry in this incident. Power tools valued at over $500 had been stolen from the garage.  The tools were recovered in the 500 block of Creekbend.  Continuing the investigation police were able to identify a fourth residence, located in the 500 block of Creekbend Lane that had been burglarized.  In addition, an attempted burglary to a residence in the 600 block of Creekside was discovered due to significant pry marks to two of the exterior doors of the residence.

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​Danette Beckley, Public Information
Bellingham Police Department

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