Organized Retail Theft suspect arrested               

Detectives arrested a 43-year-old Bellevue man accused of stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from several area stores and re-selling the product. Bellevue Police detectives, working closely with Fred Meyer loss prevention agents, apprehended Brandon Bussey when he showed up to an arranged meeting to sell some of the previously stolen merchandise.

“This is a clear example of organized retail theft,” said Major Debbie Christopherson. “This suspect would sell the merchandise he stole, and if he didn’t have what a customer wanted, he would go to the store, steal it and then sell it for profit.”

“Our detectives worked closely with loss prevention agents to identify and arrest this suspect,” Christopherson added. “We are continuing to build the case and expect to refer additional charges to the King County Prosecutor for review.”

Court documents accuse Bussey of stealing from four area Fred Meyer stores eleven times since late April. The value of the merchandise stolen is over $4,000.

Bussey was booked into jail and released on his own recognizance the following day.

This arrest comes days after the State Attorney General announced a statewide Organized Retail Crime Task Force. Bellevue Police are committed to working with other agencies to identify and arrest other suspects involved in organized retail theft.

Case # 22-32884  

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