According to the Bellevue Police Department, 46 suspected looters have either been arrested or charged for the damage that was done in Downtown Bellevue during the May 31st riots. Most of the suspects are facing charges of Burglary 2, Possession of Stolen Property, or Malicious Mischief.
The Bellevue Police Department announced in late June that 23 looters had been arrested. More arrests are expected.
“Our detectives are combing through more than ten-thousand pieces of video evidence from store security cameras or the public,” says Major Travess Forbush. “It’s a tedious and time-consuming process, but an important one. We will continue to investigate, identify, and hold those responsible for the destruction in downtown Bellevue.”
Investigators are working to identify suspects and build rock-solid cases with multiple layers of evidence. “We want to give prosecutors everything they need to try a successful case,” Forbush explains. “We are sending a clear message; we will not tolerate looting, and we will come after anyone responsible.”
Detectives are asking for help identifying suspects. The two men in the photo were seen entering Rite Aid on May 31st. If you have any information, submit a tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip identifies a suspect or leads to their arrest. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)