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Jan. 25, 2020

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Before leaving, suspected Whatcom home burglar made himself a pizza and showered


BELLINGHAM — A Maple Falls man came home from work last week to find that someone had broken into his home, stolen some gaming consoles and clothing, made a pizza and took a shower while he was away.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office booked Christopher Andrew Pimentel, 21 and also from Maple Falls, into Whatcom County Jail Friday, Jan. 10, on suspicion of residential burglary, third-degree theft, third-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree trafficking. Jail records show Pimentel, who also was booked on another third-degree theft warrant from 2019, was released later Friday on $1,000 bail.

Deputies responded Thursday to the 8500 block of Lilac Lane for the report of the burglary, after the homeowner returned from work and found that someone had broken in and stole several items while he was at work, according to the probable cause statement provided to The Bellingham Herald by Chief Deputy Kevin Hester.

The homeowner reported his Xbox with two controllers, a PlayStation, a Carhartt coat and Carhartt pants had been stolen, the statement said. While the homeowner was gone, Pimentel also reportedly made a pizza and took a shower.

Deputies contacted Pimentel, who was wearing the stolen coat and pants at the time he was questioned, along with a stocking cap and headlamp that belonged to the homeowner, the statement said. The PlayStation and a knife reportedly were found in his pockets.

Pimentel admitted to deputies that he broke into the house through a window and stole the items, according to the statement, but he said he had sold the Xbox to pay back to some debt.