Bellevue police arrest 3 suspects linked to multiple burglaries

BELLEVUE, Wash – Bellevue Police Department (BPD) detectives have arrested three people facing a total of 20 counts, including burglary, vehicle theft and identity theft.

According to the BPD, the initial investigation began when patrol officers looked into a September 15 burglary in which $5,000 was stolen from a Bellevue business. The BPD said an officer recognized the two suspects from surveillance video and opened a larger investigation once they were identified.

After identifying the suspects, BPD detectives tracked them down and connected them with two additional burglaries a few weeks later.

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Following the arrest, Bellevue police said officers recovered credit cards, dozens of restaurant gift cards, miscellaneous key sets, car keys and bolt cutters from the suspects.

The investigation eventually identified six businesses and three auto dealers as victims. All of the stolen vehicles and most of the stolen property were returned to the victims, according to the BPD.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office charged Alexander Swanger with eight counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of motor vehicle theft. Samuel Morris was charged with four counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of motor vehicle theft, and Kelsey Arias was charged with one count of second-degree burglary.

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