Man robs Birch Bay garage sale

Published on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies arrested 18-year-old Zach Tufts on Sunday on suspicion of stealing money from a garage sale in Birch Bay.

A woman was hosting a garage sale in the 4800 block of Key Street at around 5 p.m. when Tufts allegedly stole most of the cash from the moneybox she was using, said Sgt. Kevin Moyes, of the sheriff’s office.

The woman attempted to catch Tufts after he ran away with the money, but he was able to escape toward Birch Bay Drive by ducking between two houses.

Once sheriff’s deputies arrived, the woman’s grandson was able to describe Tufts and the car he was driving. Deputies later found Tufts sitting in his car in the Birch Bay Square Market parking lot.

Tufts confessed to taking money from the garage sale and returned it to police. Tufts claimed he returned it all but Moyes said the woman counted a few hundred dollars missing.

The deputies booked Tufts into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of second-degree robbery and second-degree theft. Tufts reportedly told police the theft was a crime of opportunity. He told the arresting deputies that he has no place to live and was hoping to buy some food.