Redmond Police Arrest Prolific 'Movie Bandits' Tied to Nearly 30 Burglaries

Police say the two suspects broke into vehicles, stole registration information, and proceeded to break into homes in Redmond and other neighboring communities.

OUTSIDE SEATTLE -- Two suspects tied to dozens of car prowls and burglaries in the Puget Sound area are now in custody, and police are working to identify victims and return stolen property recovered in the case.

Police say the two suspects, a 31-year-old Bothell man and 36-year-old Bothell woman, targeted movie theaters and other public places, where they broke into vehicles, stole registration info, and then proceeded to burglarize the owners' empty homes.

spokesman Jim Bove said the pair is responsible for four such cases in Redmond—two at the , one at , one at and one at . (.)

In total, police said, the suspects are tied to at least 27 residential burglaries, four commercial burglaries, 17 vehicle prowls, four attempted burglaries, eight stolen vehicles and one fraud case. The crimes affected victims in Redmond, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Kirkland, Lynnwood, Medina, Mountlake Terrace, Mount Vernon, Mukilteo, Shoreline, Snohomish, Mill Creek, Bellevue and Woodinville.

"Thousands and thousands" of stolen items have been recovered, police said, including jewelry, electronics, tools, rifles, sports memorabilia, and even a sink.

Redmond Police were able to apprehend the suspects on Aug. 1 when they went to arrest the female suspect on another charge and caught up with the male suspect, who fled. Redmond Police K9 unit Vader tracked and located the man a short time later.

Charging documents have not yet been filed in the case, and Redmond Police have not released the names of the suspects.

Police are still processing evidence and working to return stolen property to victims. Anyone who believes he or she might have been affected in these cases is asked to visit a city webpage dedicated to the case for information on how to retrieve personal property.

Ken Kellogg September 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
And they'll probably get probation in exchange for the promise to never reoffend (until next time)
nancimeek September 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Two words Surveillance cameras and security guards
nancimeek September 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
oops that's four words
Sara September 07, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Does anyone know how long ago these scumbags started targeting the cars?
Caitlin Moran September 07, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Hi Sara, as far as I know the incidents in Redmond started in April, but if you think you or someone else you know might have been a victim, I'd encourage you to contact Redmond Police regardless of the timeline. RPD's phone number is 425-556-2500, and the case number is 12-013130.


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