Detectives halt burglary/theft ring

Bellevue police detectives have arrested three people on investigation of a combined 20 charges, including burglary, car theft and identity theft. Initially, patrol officers investigated a burglary on September 15, 2022, where suspects stole $5,000 from a business in the 100 block of Bellevue Way.

Days later, the officer recognized the two suspects from surveillance video. Once the suspects were identified, that launched a larger investigation.

Detectives began to monitor the suspects and were able to connect them to two additional burglaries a few weeks later. Following the suspects’ arrest, officers recovered credit cards, dozens of restaurant gift cards, miscellaneous key sets, car key fobs and bolt cutters.

Investigators then backtracked to the businesses where the gift cards were from and tied the suspects to burglaries there through surveillance video. They did the same with the credit cards and key fobs and connected them to the car and ID thefts. Detectives identified six businesses and three car dealerships that were victimized.

All three vehicles and many of the stolen items were recovered and returned to their owners.

The King County Prosecutor’s office has charged Alexander Swanger with eight counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and three counts of Motor Vehicle Theft. Samuel Morris has been charged with four counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and two counts of Motor Vehicle Theft. Kelsey Arias has been charged with one count of Burglary in the Second Degree.

Case # 22-57416

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