Sheriff seeks leads in hopes of returning stolen gun collection

Published on Wed, Feb 26, 2014
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The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the owner of a gun collection that they believe to be stolen.

Detectives would like to determine who is the owner (or owners)  of nearly 50 stolen rifles recently recovered from a residence on Old Marine Drive in Bellingham. The rifles appear to be a collection, with most manufactured between the late 1800s and the World War II era. Countries of origin include France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Egypt and the United States.

On February 19 around 9:30 p.m., the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported domestic violence call in the 1100 block of Old Marine Drive in Bellingham. 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 safekeeping pending further investigation.

Additional information discovered during the investigation suggests the guns were stolen from “the valley” (possibly 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 detectives at 360/676-6650 and reference case number 14A03306.

Information may also be left on the confidential tip line at 360/715-7459 or toll free at 866/456-2157.