Bellevue Police Offer Tips For Preventing Mail Theft As Tax Day Nears

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:

Mail Theft

Bellevue Police Make Arrest in Mosque Fire

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”

Burglary Suspect Arrested After Homeowner Catches Him In the Act

Bellevue Police Case #18-16770

Bellevue Police arrested a burglary suspect yesterday morning after a homeowner discovered two unknown men in his family’s home. On Monday morning at 2:15 a.m., a homeowner in the 10000 block of SE 7th Street in West Bellevue heard footsteps and other sounds inside his house. While checking the house, the homeowner discovered two suspects inside the home. One suspect immediately fled out garage door when he saw the homeowner. The second suspect, a 19 year-old man, was found downstairs in the basement by the homeowner. The homeowner armed himself with two large kitchen knives, went back to the basement, and yelled at the suspect to lie down on the ground. The homeowner held the suspect at knifepoint until Bellevue police arrived and took the suspect into custody without further incident. A police K-9 unit responded, however the second suspect was not located. Several of victim’s credit cards, car keys, and other property were found on the suspect during a search. Other stolen property had been staged outside the home in one of victim’s backpacks.

The suspect was booked into jail for Residential Burglary, second degree theft, and possession of stolen property.

Bellevue Police Seek Assistance Locating Prolific Thieves UPDATE: ARRESTED

UPDATE: An observant citizen recognized Pederson and Thompson from news reports while at a restaurant in Everett last night. The citizen contacted authorities, and the suspects were arrested by Snohomish County Sheriff deputies. The stolen Dodge Neon was also recovered. Pederson and Thompson were both booked into the King County Jail for felony organized retail theft.

Original post: The Bellevue Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with locating a duo suspected in a series of thefts of expensive vitamins. Since November 2017, 39 year-old Justin Pederson 37 year-old Anita Thompson are suspected of stealing over $20,000 worth of vitamins in a crime spree spanning the entire region.

Justin Pederson and Anita Thompson are suspected of stealing over $20,000 worth of merchandise from area grocery stores.

The two are suspected of targeting stores across the area, to include Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Seattle, Mercer Island, Mountlake Terrace, Tacoma, and Vancouver. Their strategy is to enter a grocery store and then place a large amount of expensive vitamins in a reusable bag and then walk out the front door.

“These types of organized retail thefts raise prices for everyone else, so we need to get these prolific thieves located and in custody”, said Officer Seth Tyler with the Bellevue Police Department.

The suspects may be driving a stolen Dodge Neon with Washington License ASC2943.

Pederson and Thompson may be driving a stolen Dodge Neon with Washington License #ASC2943. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Pederson or Thompson may submit an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or by submitting a tip online. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and you’ll get a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest.