Bellevue police, in partnership with Home Depot, is working to reduce shoplifting and criminal activity in and around the business. Since January, officers have arrested well over 50 suspects at this location for crimes including shoplifting, robbery, and possession of a stolen vehicle, among others.
A recent emphasis patrol, which included uniformed officers, the Downtown Unit and undercover detectives, stopped two suspects from trafficking stolen goods. Loss prevention alerted officers that a vehicle that arrived in the parking lot was associated with a recent theft of a pressure washer at the Home Depot in Bothell. Detectives watched as one of the suspects sold a pressure washer to another person in the parking lot.
Detectives located pictures of the Bothell theft, and the suspects wore the same clothing. They were arrested and booked into jail. Both were released from jail the following day.
Each sector captain in the city is routinely analyzing crime statistics from the police department’s new Transparency and Accountability dashboards to identify area hots spots for criminal activity. They then develop specific anti-crime operations for that area. The operations are conducted on different days and times to be the most effective.