Bellevue Police have busted a major area burglary ring, recovering a mountain of stolen property including watches, jewelry, electronic equipment, a diamond ring and a U.S. Army Bronze Star from World War II.
"This is a significant Eastside Burglary ring that has been stopped," said Det. Dan Mathieu. "Many residential burglaries have been solved."
The owners of the Bronze Star and one of the diamond rings were located and their property was returned Wednesday. If you were a victim of a burglary, you can view many of the recovered items on Bellevue's Flickr page.
It all began in Bothell when a residential burglary was reported in mid-March. The victim's credit card was used at the Bellevue Target, and Bellevue police identified the two suspects caught on surveillance video using the card. Bellevue's Special Enforcement Team set up surveillance at the suspects' apartment.in the Woodridge neighborhood. When two men left the apartment to go to a pawn shotp in Seattle on April 2, police followed and arrested them.
On April 7, the Bellevue SWAT team assisted in serving two warrants, one on the Bellevue apartment and one in Bothell, where more suspects were arrested. Recovered were many thousands of dollars worth of jewelry -- including several Rolex and Raymond Weil watches, camera equipment, electronics and four firearms.
King County detectives were alerted to the recovery and they were able to tie many pieces of jewelry, watches, and cameras to several known burglaries in the area. Bellevue detectives are working through the recovered items clearing several burglary cases in Bellevue and surrounding cities.
Six suspects linked to the burglary ring have been arrested so far.
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