The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the owner of a gun collection that is believed to be stolen.
Detectives would like to determine who the owner (or owners) may be of nearly fifty stolen rifles recently recovered from a residence on Old Marine Drive, Bellingham WA. The rifles appear to be a collection, with most manufactured between the late 1800s and during the World War II era. Countries of origin include France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Egypt, and the United States.
On February 19, 2014, at about 9:30 PM, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported Domestic Violence call in the 1100 block of Old Marine Drive, Bellingham, Washington. During the course of that investigation, deputies discovered a large “job box” normally used for storing tools, filled with firearms. Information gathered at the scene led deputies to believe that the firearms were stolen. Deputies took the firearms and they are being held for safe keeping pending further investigation.
Additional information developed during the investigation suggests the guns were stolen from “the valley” (this may be Sudden Valley) sometime within the last few months, though none of the guns appear to have been reported stolen, and there are no local law enforcement cases involving similar guns. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Sheriff’s Office Detectives at 360-676-6650, reference case number 14A03306.
Information may also be left on our confidential tip line at:
(360) 715-7459 or toll free 1-866-456-2157