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April 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Bellevue police searching for band of thieves

Bellevue Police are searching for four people in connection with two home robberies in the Bellevue and Renton-areas late last month. (Graphic provided by the Bellevue Police Department)

Bellevue police are asking for your help in tracking down what they believe is a traveling band of armed thieves that hit two homes in the area in one day last month.

They broke into a Renton-area man’s home on March 22 in broad daylight at about 1:30 p.m., just as he was getting home, according to Bellevue police.

The robbers, three of them, threatened and robbed him at gunpoint and took a large amount of gold East Indian jewelry.

Surveillance video showed them getting away in two vehicles, a black GMC Denali and a Silver Nissan Altima. Some witnesses said that the Denali had out-of-state license plates, perhaps from Oregon or Idaho. While the driver of the Altima was not seen, the driver of the Denali was a woman, possibly in her 20s or 30s.

Just a few hours later, a Bellevue woman and her 9-year-old son passed a black GMC Denali driven by a woman. When they got home, they found three men walking out of their home with bags of stolen goods. These thieves are believed to be  the same men who had robbed the Renton-area man earlier in the day.

Police have provided this identification information:

  • All three men are black and appear to be in their 20s.
  • All are Spanish speakers.
  • The woman driver, who is white, was driving a newer model black GMC Terrain Denali.
  • In both cases, the same method was used to force their way into the homes.
  • The robbers appear to have targeted collections of jewelry.

Police say the out-of-state plates, the descriptions of the robbers and the fact that police haven’t had information about this band of thieves in this area before makes authorities believe they are a traveling group of robbers. Police also think they may be staying in motels in the area.

Police would like to know if you have seen this group or anyone matching the descriptions selling jewelry in the area. Police also ask that if you have any other information that might help the investigation to contact Bellevue Police Detective Bean at 425-577-5656 or King County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sampson 206-296-3311.

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