Yesterday, Bellevue Police investigators arrested a 24 year-old Seattle woman that is accused of robbing a Bellevue bank on March 22nd.
On Thursday, March 22nd shortly after 5 p.m., Bellevue Police responded to a reported bank robbery at the Chase Bank located at 10550 NE 8th Street. This was the second robbery at that bank in as many months. When police arrived, they learned that the female suspect had passed a note to the teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Evidence left by the suspect at the scene led investigators to identify the suspect, a 24 year-old Seattle resident. Early in the morning on April 12th, investigators with the Bellevue Special Operations Group (SOG), assisted by the Bellevue Police and Seattle SWAT teams, served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in the Hillman City neighborhood of Seattle. The suspect was not home at the time, however while investigators were processing the scene, the suspect returned to the location and was arrested without incident. The suspect was interviewed by Detectives and later booked into the King County Jail for first degree robbery.
The Bellevue Police Department has released it’s annual report for 2017, highlighting numerous accomplishments and achievements by the department and its’ employees. The Department has produced an annual report each year since Bellevue was incorporated in 1953. Some of the notable accomplishments for 2017 include:
The city witnessed a significant decrease in residential burglaries (down 16
percent) as well as motor vehicle prowls (down 13 percent). Coordination between the patrol operations and investigations sections, as well as extensive work by our special operations group, led to the identification and arrest of a number of suspects involved in these types of crimes.
The department hired 24 new employees in 2017, despite the current national challenges related to recruitment and hiring. In November, the Police Department selected a marketing firm to manage a comprehensive recruiting and hiring ad campaign, including a standalone website, online ads, and search engine optimization. The campaign launched in early 2018.
The Police Department launched CompStat in May. CompStat is an intelligence-led model for policing that was pioneered by the New York City Police Department. The model uses data to identify crime trends and direct police resources to the areas where they can make the biggest impact on crime, taking into consideration the agency’s limited resources.
The total number of reported traffic collisions and injury collisions are down to 5 year lows, due in part to proactive enforcement by the Bellevue Police traffic unit.
The City of Bellevue continues to enjoy one of the lowest crime rates for a community of its size, due in large part to the close relationship between the Police Department and the Bellevue community, as well as the diligent work of the men and women of the Bellevue Police Department. The annual report is available on the city of Bellevue’s website, or hard copies are available at Bellevue city hall or at the police substations in Crossroads and Factoria.
The theft of mail from mailboxes continues to occur in Bellevue. In fact, Bellevue Police have seen an uptick in mailbox thefts in the months leading up to tax season, when many residents are receiving and sending documents containing sensitive financial and personal information. Just two weeks ago, two of Bellevue Police Department’s K-9 officers were on patrol in the middle of the night in the Crossroads neighborhood when they observed a suspect stealing mail and packages from mailboxes along a residential street. Bellevue Police are also seeing cases involving locking mailboxes being broken into. The Bellevue Police Department continues to recommend the use of a locking mailbox instead of an unsecured mailbox, however they also recommend these additional steps to prevent theft of mail, which can then lead to further fraudulent activity:
Investigators with the Bellevue Police Department have made an arrest in their investigation into a suspicious fire that damaged a vacant Bellevue mosque on Wednesday, March 21. The Islamic Center of Eastside, located at 14700 Main St., had previously been damaged by arson on Jan. 14, 2017 and was vacant at the time of this latest fire. Continue reading “Bellevue Police Make Arrest in Mosque Fire”