Prosecutors recently charged two Bellevue High School students with burglary, among other charges. Detectives believe the suspects are responsible for eight others.
Bellevue police arrested the two 15-year-olds 12 hours after a burglary in West Bellevue was reported.
At 2:44 a.m. Monday, police responded to a report of a burglary in the 10500 block of Cliff Place. The victim told police that she had left the windows of the residence open due to the hot weather. The suspects entered the home and stole electronics, a wallet, and then stole the victim’s vehicle, which was parked in the driveway outside. The victim provided surveillance video of the suspects to the investigating officer, police say.
The officer distributed the surveillance video images to the police department in hopes that the suspects could be identified, and another officer recognized one of the suspects as a juvenile that lived in Bellevue.
Officers, with the assistance of the School Resource Officer at Bellevue High School, took the 15-year-old suspect into custody later that day. Other officers conducting a check of the suspect’s residence located the victim’s vehicle, along with the second 15-year-old suspect, who ran away from the scene but was later arrested. Stolen property from two additional burglaries was located in the possession of one of the suspects.
The suspects were interviewed by detectives and one admitted to entering the residence through the open window and taking the items and vehicle. One of the suspects admitted to eight additional burglaries, five auto thefts, and approximately 40 motor vehicle prowls. Both suspects were booked into the King County Youth Center and were charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, and auto theft.
Bellevue police said open windows are an attractive target for burglars and recommend residents only leave windows open that are not accessible from the ground floor.