Bellevue police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspects involved in a recent series of necklace robberies in Bellevue.
The same suspects are also suspected of a similar crime in Redmond that occurred on Sept. 30. Between Aug.t 31 and Sept. 23, Bellevue police have responded to six separate incidents in which pedestrians wearing expensive jewelry have been targeted. In all cases, the suspects approached the female victims and ripped an expensive necklace from their neck. The suspects have targeted South Asian and East Indian females.
The suspects are described as African American males, between 20 and 35 years of age, with thin builds. At least one of the suspects is bald or has a shaved head. In one incident, the suspects worked in a team of two to distract the victim before stealing her necklace.
Bellevue residents and visitors are advised to be aware of their surroundings, and to call 911 if they believe they are being followed. Additionally, Bellevue Police are recommending that residents use caution when wearing expensive jewelry in public areas while police search for these suspects.
Anyone with information in these cases is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or make an online tip by going to www.crimestoppers.com. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charges or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
A list of Bellevue cases and their locations are as folllows:
Aug. 31, 13700 block of NE 10th Place
Sept. 5, 5000 block of 148th Ave. NE
Sept. 15, 1200 block of 156th Ave. NE
Sept. 18, 4700 block of 148th Ave. NE
Sept. 21, 1600 block of 156th Ave. NE
Sept. 23, 3500 block of 148th Ave. NE
Sept. 30, 4800 block of 156th Ave. NE