Threeawait trial for August crime spree

Published on Thu, Nov 3, 2005 by ara Nelson

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Three await trial for August crime spree

By Tara Nelson

Three Blaine adults are awaiting trial in Whatcom County Superior Court following an escapade in August that ended with more than $30,000 in damage to houses and yards in a Blaine neighborhood, a stolen car, and a 40-foot Bayliner yacht stuck on a sand bar in Point Roberts. In addition, two juvenile boys, have already been convicted for their involvement in the late night spree.

One juvenile male, age 17, was convicted of theft in the first degree, vehicle prowl in the first degree and taking a motor vehicle without permission in the second degree. He has been sentenced from 82 to 137 weeks in a juvenile detention facility, according to the Blaine police department. The Northern Light does not publish the names of juveniles convicted of crimes. 

The second juvenile male, age 16, was convicted of one count of burglary in the second degree and was sentenced to 12 months of supervision and 40 hours community service. 

Timothy Berry, Timothy Merrifield and Jacob Ross, all 18, are awaiting trial on charges of burglary, motor vehicle theft, hit and run, possession of stolen property, as well as minors in consumption and possession of alcohol.

The joyride began when Ross allegedly stole a 1985 Ford Escort from a residence in the 900 block of 3rd Street and drove it through several yards, colliding with three houses in the neighborhood and causing approximately $6,000 in damage, according to court records.
Blaine police officers found the car in the Blaine marina parking lot later that day, where they tested the vehicle for fingerprints and other evidence.

At about 3:30 a.m. that night, a 40-foot Bayliner yacht belonging to Rick Seimears of Ferndale, was stolen out of the Blaine Marina, near where the stolen Escort was found.

The yacht was reported beached on a sand bar just west of Lily Point at Point Roberts to the U.S. Coast Guard at 6 a.m. that morning.
Reports say the yacht, named Zazoo, is valued around $200,000 and incurred approximately $25,000 in damage.

An investigation determined the 17-year-old juvenile drove the boat out of the harbor and drove it into the sandbar, narrowly missing large rocks littering the shore.

The same juvenile admitted to breaking into Blaine high school allegedly along with Berry and Ross two weeks earlier, where all three broke into vending machines and stole candy.

A three-day trial for Merrifield and Ross is scheduled to begin December 5 in Whatcom County Superior Court and will be heard by judge Steven J. Mura.

Berry’s trial is scheduled to begin on November 22 in Whatcom County Superior Court and will be heard by judge Ira Uhrig.