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Bellevue Police bust suspects in burglary, car and identity theft cases

Nov 2, 2022, 12:45 PM | Updated: 1:27 pm

Bellevue Police detectives said they’ve arrested three suspects in an investigation of a combined 20 charges for burglary, car theft, and identity theft.

According to BPD investigators, in September, the suspects stole $5,000 from a business in the 100 block of Bellevue Way.

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A few days later, Bellevue Police officers recognized the two suspects from surveillance video. Detectives say it turned into a more extensive investigation.

Detectives started tracking the suspect and were able to connect them to two additional burglaries weeks later. After the suspects’ arrest, officers recovered credit cards, dozens of restaurant gift cards, miscellaneous key sets, car key fobs, and bolt cutters.

Bellevue Police said they began backtracking to the businesses where the gift cards were from and connected the suspects to burglaries there through surveillance video.

Detectives did the same with the credit cards and key fobs and tied them to the car and ID thefts. Detectives connected six businesses and three car dealerships that got hit.

Officers say all three vehicles and many stolen items were recovered and returned to their owners.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office charged Alexander Swanger with eight counts of Second-Degree Burglary and three counts of Motor Vehicle Theft.

Prosecutors charged Samuel Morris with four counts of Second-Degree Burglary and two counts of Motor Vehicle Theft.

Kelsey Aria is charged with one count of Second-Degree Burglary.

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