Suspects accused of stealing $54,000 worth of merchandise appear in court

Three of the suspects were caught stealing video from a Louis Vuitton store. Another suspect was caught trying to sell the stolen goods to an undercover agent.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Four people accused of stealing from a high-end retail store in Bellevue faced a King County judge Monday on charges ranging from organized retail theft to trafficking in stolen property.

Surveillance video captured in June this year shows the moment three people went to a store to purchase tens of thousands of dollars worth of Louis Vuitton designer bags.

“One of the things that’s got our attention is that they’re so bold and so organized that it’s really taken it to a higher level, at least in the last few months,” said Capt. Shelby Shearer of the Bellevue Police Department.

Investigators identified the three as Billy Chambers, Memory Yearby and Earnetra Turner. They are accused of running an organized retail theft ring, hitting the same designer store twice in less than a week to snatch more than $54,000 worth of merchandise.

Billy Chambers pleaded not guilty Monday morning and remained in jail on Monday afternoon on $25,000 bail. Court documents show Chambers pled guilty to manslaughter as a teenager for his role in the 2009 death of a beloved busker named Tuba Man.

All four suspects who faced a judge bring a criminal history.

Two of the suspects, Memory Yearby and Earnetra Turner, have already been investigated for organized retail theft. Items they are accused of having stolen and listed on the OfferUp website – an undercover officer discovered this listing and arranged a personal purchase at a Bellevue hotel.

There, the fourth suspect, Trey Kendall, was arrested. Kendall pleaded not guilty to dealing in stolen goods. Court records show that Kendall was convicted of second-degree murder in 1997. A judge ruled that Kendall could be released on a promise to return to court.

Just this summer, the Washington State Attorney General created the Organized Retail Theft Taskforce to respond to the nearly $70 billion in losses that retailers nationwide suffer every year from theft.

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