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Bellingham police arrest suspect in armed robbery

Bellingham police officer Glen Long on Saturday photographs Larry Jay Schabert, the suspect in an armed robbery at the Target store at Bellis Fair mall.  (Andy Bronson/The Bellingham Herald)
Bellingham police officer Glen Long on Saturday photographs Larry Jay Schabert, the suspect in an armed robbery at the Target store at Bellis Fair mall. (Andy Bronson/The Bellingham Herald) Andy Bronson/The Bellingham Herald

BELLINGHAM - Police arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery at the Bellis Fair Target store on Saturday, Dec. 18.In the process, they also apprehended another man suspected of selling drugs in an unrelated case.

Just after 1 p.m., Larry Jay Schabert allegedly forced his way into an office at Target where money was kept and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Bellingham Police Sgt. David Richards.

Schabert may have been waiting outside of the office, Richards said. When a woman left the room, he allegedly grabbed her and pushed her back in. Seeing that there was a male employee in the office as well, Schabert allegedly pulled out a knife.

The man was forced to the floor and tied up while the woman was ordered to fill a bag with cash, Richards said. Schabert then allegedly tied her up as well and left the store. The employees were able to summon help. They were not injured.

Witnesses told police they saw Schabert head north on Cordata Parkway on a bike. Police notified public transit and local cab companies with a suspect description, and soon received a call from Yellow Cab about a client with a bike who wanted to be picked up at the nearby Cost Cutter Foods store, 4131 Meridian St., and taken to Everett. Officers spoke with the driver and surrounded the area.

Two men came toward the cab when it arrived. One of them was Schabert, 52, who was found with cash from the robbery, Richards said. The other man, whose name wasn’t available, was arrested after allegedly being found with cash and drugs that looked like they were packaged for delivery.

Schabert was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.

He told officers he was from Everett, but his license listed a Bellingham address and he had been living at the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham, Richards said.

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