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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 9, 2012

Have you seen these burglars?

Police are on the hunt for burglars who broke into homes in Bellevue and unincorporated Renton and stole jewelry. In both cases, witnesses reported that the thieves were three young, Spanish-speaking, black men who traveled in a black GMC Denali SUV driven by a white or Hispanic woman with long dark hair.

Witnesses said that the SUV bore out-of-state plates, possibly Idaho or Oregon. Police believe it may be a traveling group of thieves and that it's likely they stayed at a hotel/motel in the greater Seattle area. If you have seen a group matching the description in the flyer (especially near a local motel), witnessed the suspects selling jewelry, or have any additional information about these suspects or crimes, please contact Bellevue Police Detective Bean at 425-577-5656 or County Sheriff's Detective Sampson at 206-296-3311. 

Collage of four robbery suspects

Robbery and Burglary
On March 22, at 1:30 p.m., a Renton resident (unincorporated King County) arrived home just in time to find the three armed men breaking into his home. He was threatened and robbed at gunpoint. The robbers stole a large amount of traditional gold East Indian jewelry.

Surveillance video showed that the suspects used two vehicles -- a black GMC Denali and a silver Nissan Altima. Witnesses agree that the Denali bore out of state plates -- possibly Idaho or Oregon. The driver of the Nissan was not seen. The driver of the Denali was described as a white or Hispanic woman with long dark hair, 25-30 years-old.

A few hours later, a Bellevue mother and her nine-year-old son passed a black GMC Denali driven by a white woman just as they arrived home and discovered three suspects walking out of her home with bags of stolen property in hand. These suspects matched the description of the suspects from the Renton robbery.

Factors Shared by Both Cases:

  • Three similarly described black male suspects in their twenties.
  • Similar clothing descriptions. One suspect wore earphones.
  • Suspects were all Spanish speakers.
  • White or Hispanic female seen driving a newer model black GMC Terrain Denali.
  • In both cases, the same method was used to force entry into the home.
  • Suspects appear to have targeted collections of jewelry.

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