Trial tentatively set for Oct. 14

WHATCOM ­— Vasilios Macris, 33, of Lynden, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday on charges related to arrest for a Lynden residential burglary two weeks ago.

Macris, in Whatcom County Jail custody, spoke to court commissioner Alfred Heyrich via a remote screen, answering to charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, theft of a firearm, and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

He was represented at the arraignment by Richard Larson of the county Public Defender’s Office.

A tentative trial date of Oct. 14 was set, with Sept. 18 for a procedural hearing.

Lynden Police responded Aug 12 to a call from the 8600 block of Depot Road that a home safe had been drilled into and a quantity of valuable old American gold coins stolen. 

The next day, investigating officers contacted Macris trying to sell coins to a Bellingham gold and silver buyer. In a search of a pickup truck and his mobile home, they found 115 gold coins of $250,000 value and also a shotgun that had been stolen from the Lynden home. Suspected drug paraphernalia and tools associated with burglary were also discovered, investigators said.