About 3:15pm yesterday, Ferndale Police responded to a report of someone taking lumber from a property outside the entrance of VanderYacht Park at Washington Street and Portal Way.
According to Ferndale Police Sergeant Travis Card, a witness pointed the responding officers to a pickup truck full of lumber parked in VanderYacht Park. As officers approached the truck, one subject fled on foot.
As more law enforcement, including nearby Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies, converged on the area, another subject was located and taken into custody for an unrelated theft that had occurred earlier in the day at Quick-E Mart on Portal Way.
The first subject was soon after apprehended at the park and a witness identified both as the ones who had taken the lumber.
According to Sgt. Card, Vitaliy Madyka, age 28, and James Michael Discher, age 24, were both booked in Whatcom County Jail and charged with 3rd degree theft. The lumber was returned to the victim.
Vitaliy was found guilty in Whatcom Superior Court back in August of this year of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and ordered to serve two months in the Whatcom County Jail. Prior to that, in January of this year, he was found guilty of felony trafficking in stolen property in Snohomish County Court.
In November 2015, Discher was found guilty of felony violation of a no contact order related to domestic violence in Whatcom Superior Court and ordered to serve 6 months in the Whatcom County Jail. Prior to that, he was found guilty of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (heroin) in December 2010.