BELLINGHAM - A drug deal gone sour turned into robbery, a retaliation burglary and a series of arrests Monday, Nov. 1, Bellingham police said.
Jennifer L. Sobjack, 23, went to an apartment in the 2700 block of West Maplewood Avenue at about 3:45 p.m. to allegedly buy drugs from Christina R. Hayden, 41, said Bellingham Police spokesman Mark Young.
During the deal, an accomplice of Hayden's reportedly held a gun to Sobjack and robbed her of cash, Young said.
Sobjack later returned to the residence with her boyfriend, Benjamin Vallejo, 33, and the two allegedly stole numerous items from Hayden including a television, DVD player and a pet Chihuahua.
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"Apparently, the items were stolen in retaliation for the robbery," Young said.
At some point during these events, Sobjack called police to report she had been robbed. It was not known if she called for help before or after she and Vallejo returned to the apartment. A second caller, possibly Hayden, called police to report the burglary.
Sobjack and Vallejo's vehicle was soon stopped by a Whatcom County Sheriff's deputy, and both were taken into custody without incident. Drugs along with all of the stolen items were in the vehicle when it was pulled over. The Chihuahua was given to a "responsible third party," Young said.
Vallejo's infant son was also inside the vehicle; he was turned over to Vallejo's parents, Young said.
Sobjack and Vallejo were booked into Whatcom County Jail for investigation of first-degree burglary, drug possession and third-degree theft. Hayden was booked the same day for investigation of first-degree robbery. The identity of Hayden's accomplice is still under investigation.