Suspects drove luxury cars, targeted wealthy neighborhoods
After an extensive police investigation spanning nearly nine months and involving five police agencies, investigators have busted a group of suspected criminals involved in the largest burglary ring in terms of loss value in the history of Bellevue. The group of alleged thieves targeted high-end homes in Bellevue, Kirkland, Seattle, Medina and Clyde Hill. map of burglaries
In April of 2016, police agencies throughout the region responded to a series of burglaries with a similar pattern. The burglars would case homes in high-end neighborhoods, break a rear window or sliding door with a rock or other object, and then steal jewelry, purses, cash and firearms.
The thieves would use luxury automobiles to commit their crimes in an attempt to blend in with neighborhood traffic, and would be in and out of the homes in a matter of a few minutes. In some instances, the homeowner was home at the time of the burglaries, and in one instance in Kirkland the suspects were armed and confronted a homeowner.
In total, police believe this group of burglars was responsible for nearly $3 million in loss, and over 123 burglaries throughout the region over a nine-month period. Victims of the group included Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez.
In the summer of 2016, police finally caught a break; one of the suspects left a key piece of evidence at the scene of a burglary. Investigators with the Bellevue Police Special Operations Group, together with investigators from the Seattle, Kirkland, Clyde Hill and Medina police departments, began a joint investigation into the group.
Investigators spent nearly nine months actively investigating the group of alleged thieves, and on Monday located the suspects at a residence in the 3200 block of 62nd Avenue Southwest in West Seattle. The suspects were taken into custody with assistance from the Bellevue SWAT team.
Investigators seized five luxury cars, froze the suspects' bank accounts and recovered nearly $500,000 worth of suspected stolen property from the residence and vehicles.
The suspects are all Seattle residents (surveillance video stills) and were identified as:
- Alonzo Severson, 25;
- Joseph Sims, 26; and
- Shon Shannell, 29.
The suspects are expected to be charged today with numerous counts of burglary, and additional charges are likely as investigators continue to review evidence.
In speaking of this investigation, Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett stated: "I commend the exceptional work by the Bellevue Police Special Operations Group and so many others for being tenacious in their relentless pursuit to apprehend these dangerous criminals."
"Crime doesn't have borders," said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole. "Thanks to a collaborative partnership between our law enforcement agencies, the suspects responsible for these numerous burglaries were caught, arrested and will be held accountable."
Any individuals that believe they may have been victimized by this group may contact the investigating detective by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a viewing of recovered property. Please include the police case number of the original burglary report in your message.
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