Three additional suspects charged for Bellevue locker thefts

In response of thefts, LA Fitness has installed video cameras at its Bellevue locations.

Bellevue police charged three subjects last week, in connection to what police say is a locker theft ring.

The number of locker thefts has grown as of late, not only in the city but across the country, according to police. Since the start of the year, there have been 80 reported locker thefts in Bellevue.

The three suspects — 50-year-old Troy Mitchell, 49-year-old Sean Savage and 50-year-old Sidney Williams — are allegedly responsible for dozens of locker break ins. The three subjects are not related to two subjects police arrested in early August.

The suspects work to take cash and credit cards they can use for purchases. Police have accounted fraudulent purchases amounting to more than $16,000.

Police believe Mitchell is the “ring leader” based on video surveillance footage and illegal gift card purchases, said Meeghan Black, Bellevue PD spokesperson. He was taken into custody in Seattle, after arriving back from Atlanta on Aug. 26.

Detectives tracked the suspect as he checked into gyms around the country. Locker room theft reports have been written in these locations and include Colorado and Minnesota, police said. He was booked into jail on nine counts of theft, identity theft and conspiracy to commit identity theft.

Following his arrest, police found two fake drivers licenses in Mitchell’s wallet and recovered five possibly counterfeit debit cards, they said.

Savage was arrested on Aug. 28 after detectives recovered clothing linked to surveillance footage where savage allegedly used stolen credit cards.

Williams had a warrant out for his arrest in Wisconsin.

Black said during in a preview story by the Reporter that video cameras act as a major deterrent from thefts. Since reports emerged of the locker room thefts, a large portion occurring at the Kelsey Creek LA Fitness location, the company has installed video cameras at its two Bellevue locations.

“We strongly encourage everyone to report these kinds of thefts and fraud,” Black said. “A lot of time people assume nothing will be done about it because it’s too minor. When these cases are reported, Bellevue detectives are able to identify a pattern as it’s usually only a few people committing the majority of the crimes. So it’s important for people to report it.”

Crimes can be reported through the MyBellevue app or online at

More in News

PNW plant-based foods could help in climate fight

Animal products create a lot of emissions, but veggie alternatives are coming from King County.

The Colstrip Power Plant in Montana. Puget Sound Energy owns 25 percent of the remaining two units. File photo
PSE files to sell part of Colstrip coal plant

The utility owns two units at the Montana power plant.

Fentanyl (Courtesy photo)
Fentanyl overdoses keep increasing in King County

Meth overdoses are on the rise as well, continuing a trend reported on last year.

Charter review could overhaul King County Sheriff’s Office

Several changes to the King County Sheriff’s Office were proposed.

The business will be closed for several days to board up the broken window. Photo courtesy of Bellevue Police Department Twitter
Driver confuses gas and brake pedals, crashes into Bellevue building

The car crashed halfway into the Omega Photo business.

File photo.
Upcoming event to give Bellevue residents a look at city budgeting

The event also aims to allow residents to provide budgeting feedback.

BSD likely to get largest school bond in district’s history

Early election returns show the levy passing by 62.52 percent.

Demographic changes, Census outreach efforts discussed at recent Bellevue council meeting

Community development shared with the council how the city’s makeup has changed in the last decade.

The language of the original bill prohibited privately-owned detainment facilities from being contracted by local, state, or federal government entities, but a last-second amendment was adopted to substantially narrow the focus of the legislation. File photo
Lawmakers flinch on banning for-profit detention facilities

Last minute amendment exempted ICE detainment facility.

Most Read