Ferndale Police Seek Public Assistance Identifying Downtown Vandals

Ferndale Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the subjects in the video above.

At approximately midnight on 5/23/2021, a male subject and his female companion were recorded on surveillance cameras in the 1900 block of Main Street and 5600 block of 3rd Ave.  The male subject is recorded damaging a tree in one video and taking a chair which was later found damaged in another.

Ferndale Police has probable cause for the unidentified male and would like to contact the female about her involvement.

Please contact Corporal Scott (jscott@ferndalepd.org) or call (360) 676-6911 if you can assist in identifying this subject.

Lost and Found Items

Have you lost or misplaced an item recently? If one of these items fits the general description of your lost property, contact Kim with the Ferndale Police Department at 360-483-5746 to describe and claim your lost property.

Wireless Earbuds

Email Fraud Cases Impact Ferndale Residents

Email Fraud Cases Impact Ferndale Residents

Two separate fraud cases were recently reported to the Ferndale Police Department. Both frauds originated with emails sent to the victims.   The suspects falsely identified themselves as representatives of legitimate businesses and asked for phone calls to address a problem with an account. The combined loss for both victims was over $50,000. 

Both victims phoned the provided telephone number and reported speaking with a person with a heavy accent.  The suspects then solicited personal information from the victims and convinced them it was necessary to complete a wire transfer to correct a problem.  One victim was instructed to purchase gift cards and then provide the card numbers to the suspects.  Both wire transfers were to a bank in Thailand. 

Both victims were elderly, and it is possible the suspects already had some of their personal information which was used to gain their trust.

While credit card payments offer some fraud protection, wire transfers and gift cards do not. 

That is why these are not typical payment options for legitimate business transactions. Any suspicious request from a business can be verified by contacting the business with proper contact information. Do not use internet links or phone numbers from the suspicious email, text, or phone call.  Simply look up the business contact information and verify the issue with the company. 

The following are fraud-related resources where residents can report suspicious activity:

General Fraud

Contact the FBI at (202) 324-3000 or online at www.fbi.gov or tips.fbi.gov.

Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

Contact the Dept. Health & Human Services at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or online at www.oig.hhs.gov.

Internet Fraud & Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud by Internet

Contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) online at www.ic3.gov.

State and Local Fraud

Contact the Ferndale Police Department at 911 or online at contact@ferndalepd.org.

Drug Take Back Day Sat. April 24th at Ferndale Police Station

On Saturday, April 24th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ferndale Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Ferndale Police Department at 2220 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 24 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com

Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Theft Suspect

Ferndale Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying a suspect in multiple theft cases. He drives what is believed to be a black Honda Civic (2015-2020 model) with black or dark colored wheels, wears a Seattle Mariners hat and what are believed to be black and camo DVS Celsius shoes. The subject also has a tattoo on his left wrist.

The suspect has committed crimes at multiple locations and wore the same hat, bandana and shoes each time. There is probable cause for his arrest for multiple crimes.

Please contact Corporal Scott (jscott@ferndalepd.org) or call (360) 676-6911 with any assistance in identifying this suspect.

Ferndale Police Donate Unclaimed Bicycles to Rwandan Children

Lt. Huffman and Kim Martin load the bicycles outside the Ferndale Police Station

The Ferndale Police Department recently donated unclaimed bicycles to children in Kigali, Rwanda where they will be used to set up a bicycle shop and provide transportation to the community.

This program, a branch of Bicycles for Humanity, is organized by Terry Mahoney. “The people over there need bicycles desperately. This allows children to get to school, and doctors to get to appointments,” said Mahoney.

The bicycles which would have traditionally been surplused and disposed of by the police department, will be shipped to Rwanda in a shipping container provided by Blaine company Kam-Way Transportation.

For more information or to donate to the project, email Mahoney by clicking here.

Ferndale Police Station to Reopen to the Public with Limited Hours Starting Tuesday, April 6th

Ferndale Police Station to Reopen to the Public with Limited Hours Starting Tuesday, April 6th

With vaccination rates increasing and Whatcom County currently in Phase 3, the Ferndale Police Station and Court will reopen to the public for limited hours. The lobby will be available to the public from 10am-2pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 6th. Masks will be required inside the facility and lobby capacity is limited. Members of the public are still encouraged to connect through email or over the phone. Fingerprinting services are still unavailable however commonly requested forms are available in the foyer and the court drop box will be available during normal business hours. As always, anytime you need an officer, please dial 911.

“We serve the public, and with our staff having access to the vaccine, it is time to make sure we are accessible to our community,” said Chief Kevin Turner. “As conditions continue to improve, we look forward to returning to our normal hours later this year.”

For questions or more information about the Ferndale Police Department, please visit www.ferndalepolice.com or email Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at rileysweeney@cityofferndale.org.

County Seeks Feedback on Hazards Mitigation Plan

Every five (5) years, Whatcom County submits a Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) for review and approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It is time to update the plan and submit it to FEMA once again. We are using the 2016 plan as the basis to create the 2021 plan.

The purpose of an NHMP is to identify the types of natural hazards that impact a jurisdiction, assess each jurisdiction’s vulnerability to those hazards, and formulate mitigation strategies that will lessen the severity of natural disasters by protecting human life and property. Plans must be reviewed and updated to remain active. This process is very important and allows Whatcom County to receive Federal funding for mitigation and pre-disaster projects to lessen the impact of disasters when they do happen.

FEMA reviews Whatcom County’s plan for accuracy and mitigation measures being considered, underway, or already completed. An updated Whatcom County plan is due to be submitted to FEMA in 2021.

Click here to access the County plan and provide feedback.

Bus Sign Vandal Arrested for Malicious Mischief

David Wurtz was arrested shortly after midnight on 02/03/2021 by the Ferndale Police Department for multiple counts of malicious mischief. Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) had reported several incidents of vandalism towards their bus stops in the previous months. Damage estimates related to these offenses ranged from $2,500 – $3,500.

In response to these reports, police set up surveillance of a bus stop in the 5700 block of Vista Dr. Shortly after midnight on 02/03/2021, police witnessed a subject walking in the area. As the subject walked by the bus stop located in front of 5750 Vista Dr, the subject sprayed paint on a bus stop sign belonging to WTA.

The subject was detained by police and identified as David Wurtz. David Wurtz had fresh black paint on his hand and fingertips as well as having a can of black spray paint in his possession. A check of other bus stops in the area found several signs had been vandalized with paint which was still wet and dripping.

Based on the observed actions of David Wurtz, physical evidence, and consistencies with previously reported crimes, there was probable cause to arrest David Wurtz for multiple counts of malicious mischief. Due to the combined costs of damage caused by David Wurtz, he was arrested for malicious mischief in the 2nd degree and booked into Whatcom County Jail.

Ferndale Police Urge Safe Driving as School Resumes

With students resuming in-classroom instruction for all grades next week, the Ferndale Police Department urges drivers to obey the speed limit in school zones, watch for pedestrians and stop for school buses.

Our officers will be out in force next week to help drivers remember to drive carefully. Together, we can ensure that everyone makes it to class safe and sound.

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