Police arrest suspect in Ferndale storage facility burglary

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Entrance at the Ferndale location of Pacific Self Storage at 5120 Pacific Highway (August 28, 2018). Photo: My Ferndale News

Locks on 3 storage units had been cut and property was found stacked along a wall when police arrived at Pacific Storage located at 5120 Pacific Highway.

Ferndale Police were alerted about 3am this morning to a silent alarm that had been activated at the storage facility. “Upon arrival at the business, officers observed a lone male suspect wearing all black run out of Building #J (where there had been multiple alarm trips),” Ferndale Police Lieutenant Bill Hatchett said in an email.

The suspect unsuccessfully attempted to run from officers and was taken into custody.

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Hatchett added, “Officers found the locks on two storage units within building #J had been cut and removed and a third storage unit had the lock cut but not removed. There were several pieces of property stacked along a wall within the building as well as a large set of bolt cutters.”

The suspect was identified as Kode W Sirmans, age 35. He was booked into the Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools. Hatchett reported Sirman’s vehicle had been seized and investigators were awaiting a search warrant to go through the vehicle.

Sirmans has previous convictions from other forgery, burglary, assault, theft, vehicle prowling, obstructing law enforcement and possession of controlled substances charges dating back to 1998.

Sirmans was out of custody after posting an $18,000 bond while awaiting trial for suspicion of possession of controlled substances, including methamphetamines and heroin. Several grams were found hidden on Sirmans while being booked the Whatcom County Jail under suspicion of unrelated charges in March. He was also free on a $10,000 bond while awaiting trial for suspicion of trafficking stolen property, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a stolen firearm and possession of stolen property. These charges were the result of a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office investigation after several storage units at Hilltop Farms Dry Storage in Whatcom County had been burglarized in February.

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