A Ferndale man is suspected of breaking into a Bellingham car dealership, stealing the keys to cars on the lot and then driving off the lot in a stolen 2019 Cadillac XTS.

Bellingham Police Department booked Dominick Gammons-Reese Jr., 23, in Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, third-degree malicious mischief and robbery. third degree, and jail records show Gammons-Reese being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Officers responded at 7:42 a.m. Aug. 11 to the dealership after the service manager called to report the burglary, Whatcom County Superior Court documents show.

The department official showed police surveillance video of the incident, which showed a suspect, later identified as Gammons-Reese, approaching the front door of the dealership, using a large metal object to break down the door window and enter the dealership. Gammons-Reese then reportedly went to an office where several sets of recently swapped vehicle keys were kept, stole the keys and left through the broken front door.

Shortly after, the Cadillac was seen driven off the lot, according to documents.

According to documents, police identified the suspect in the video as Gammons-Reese and confirmed his identity by comparing mug shots from previous arrests.

On Aug. 12, police spotted Gammons-Reese at a grocery store along Meridian Street wearing the same brown shirt he was seen wearing on dealership surveillance video, documents show. Officers arrested Gammons-Reese and the keys to the Cadillac were reportedly found in his shorts pocket and the car was lying along Illinois Street with Gammons-Reese’s belongings inside.

Court records show Gammons-Reese is awaiting trial due to begin Oct. 3 for possession of a stolen vehicle charge stemming from a Jan. 23 incident in which he was allegedly found in Ferndale sleeping in a Dodge. Load silver that had been reported. stolen from Tacoma.

As of Monday August 22, Bellingham had 372 reported car thefts in 2022, including 27 in the first three weeks of August, according to the City of Bellingham crime statistics webpage. For the record, 180 car thefts were reported in the first eight months of 2021, including 31 in the whole month of August.

David Rasbach joined the Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.

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