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Suspect arrested in I-5 corridor burglary spree

Suspect arrested in I-5 corridor burglary spree
Douglas Jones

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- The Bellingham Police Department has arrested the man it believes is responsible for breaking into 25 city businesses, as well as multiple other businesses along the I-5 corridor between Everett and Bellingham.

According to police, Bellingham detectives saw surveillance footage of the suspected burglar released Monday and recognized him as 44-year-old Douglas Jones, who they arrested back in March 2013 for investigation of trafficking in stolen property in connection with burglaries at 20 local businesses.

Police found Jones, a Mount Vernon resident, at the home of an acquaintance around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and arrested him.

According to police, Jones admitted to be responsible for many -- but not all -- of the 25 burglaries to businesses in Bellingham. Police believe Jones is also behind burglaries to businesses along I-5 near Arlington, Marysville, Mount Vernon, Burlington and Bellingham.

The person responsible for those burglaries would use a rock to break through a business' glass doors to steal money and merchandise, all while appearing indifferent to security cameras.

Jones was booked into Whatcom County Jail for investigation of burglary, malicious mischief and theft. More charges are likely coming once other jurisdictions confirm Jones' involvement in their burglaries, according to police.