By Caleb Hutton
A meth user took apart a stolen 1997 Volkswagen Golf, then set the body of the car on fire outside a warehouse early Tuesday, July 10, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious car fire at 5:16 a.m. Tuesday. They found Bradley Allen Ferris Jr., 32, of Sedro-Woolley, was squatting in a warehouse in the 3100 block of Mercer Avenue with a group of meth users, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks.
Inside the warehouse, it appeared someone had used a forklift to lift the Golf and picked out valuable pieces for resale, Parks said. The value of the car was about $3,500; the removed parts were worth about $1,000. Someone had taken the rest of the car and set it aflame outside.
“I don’t know why,” Parks said. ”(They’re) using methamphetamine here, so they’re not exactly functioning at a high level.”
Ferris was arrested on suspicion of setting the car on fire. Deputies found drug paraphernalia with meth residue scattered around the inside of the warehouse. They also found empty gas cans, probably used to ignite the car, Parks said.
It appeared Ferris had, at one point, been employed there. But he no longer had permission to be on the property, Parks said. Neither did the other people.
Ferris is accused of second-degree arson, first-degree possession of stolen property and possession of meth.
Another man, Robert Dee Angus, 22, was also arrested on investigation of possessing the stolen car and possessing meth.