Sammamish police break up burglary ring
August 24, 2013
New: Aug. 24, 3:04 p.m.
Sammamish police detectives, working with officers from the Bellevue Police Department, have arrested a man and a women who they say are responsible for at least 59 burglaries.
Police say the burglaries go back as far as June 2012 in an area stretching from Mill Creek to Beaverton, Ore. Six of the burglaries occurred in Sammamish.
The investigation began in late July when the man was spotted on surveillance video at a Bellevue victim’s home. The suspects, both 26 and romantically involved with each other, are Pierce County residents.
Police were able to access a storage locker full of what they say were stolen goods in South Hill, near Puyallup, in early August. Police found 66 containers of goods at the facility. Many of the bags contained jewelry, silver, sports memorabilia, and personal documents and photographs. One bag contained a soldier’s Purple Heart and Bronze Star military medals. At least seven firearms are still missing.
Detectives are sorting through the goods and plan to return them to their owners in the coming weeks. So far, they’ve traced items to burglaries reported in Kenmore, Woodinville, Newcastle, Maple Valley, Bellevue, Bothell, Redmond, Mill Creek, Tacoma, Fircrest, Olympia, and parts of unincorporated Snohomish, Pierce and King counties. Some items are from as far away as Portland, Tigard and Beaverton, Ore.
The man is in custody in the King County Jail. The woman was booked and released.