Bellevue police arrested a 53-year-old man on July 12, for a series of thefts at a downtown assisted living facility he was employed at. The stolen property totaled nearly $37,000 in value.
A Bellevue detective and crime analyst began to notice similarities between certain theft reports in late June, according to Bellevue police. The cases were all reports of jewelry stolen from residents staying at the same facility.
On June 7, a woman at the facility reported that her two rings went missing from her room. And on June 19, 12 days later, a man living at the same place told police his 10 watches had gone missing from his room right after moving in. That same day, another woman reported a diamond bracelet and gold pendant necklace were stolen from her space.
The detective discovered that one of the employees at the assisted living facility had sold items at a local pawn shop and he was able to verify that the employee was indeed selling the stolen jewelry.
Timothy Woodall was arrested two weeks after the investigation began. He faces a first-degree theft and trafficking stolen property charges. Woodall was booked into King County Jail and released after posting bail on July 43.
While some of the jewelry was returned to the victims, some of the stolen items were not recovered, said Bellevue spokeswoman Meeghan Black.