Looting update: Nearly four dozen suspects now charged or arrested

Bellevue police detectives have now either arrested or referred charges for 46 suspected looters who wreaked havoc in downtown Bellevue during the May 31st riots.  Most of the suspects are facing charges of Burglary 2, Possession of Stolen Property, and or Malicious Mischief.  In late June, Bellevue police announced 23 looting arrests. That number has now doubled, and more arrests are expected.

“Our detectives are combing through more than ten-thousand pieces of video evidence from store security cameras or the public,” says Major Travess Forbush. “It’s a tedious and time-consuming process, but an important one.  We will continue to investigate, identify, and hold those responsible for the destruction in downtown Bellevue.”

As investigators search through the video, they are working to not only identify suspects but also build rock-solid cases with multiple layers of evidence.  “We want to give prosecutors everything they need to try a successful case,” Forbush explains.  “We are sending a clear message; we will not tolerate looting, and we will come after anyone responsible.”

Detectives still need help identifying suspects.  These two were seen entering Rite Aid on May 31st.   One has curly red hair, and the other has a large tattoo on his forearm.  Neither one is wearing a mask.  If you have any information, you can submit a tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound, and you’ll get a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip identifies a suspect or leads to their arrest.  1-800-222-TIPS(8477)

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