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Eastside 'Movie Bandits' Tied to Nearly 30 Burglaries

Police say the two suspects broke into vehicles, stole registration information, and proceeded to break into Eastside homes in and other neighboring communities.

Two suspects tied to car prowls at movie theaters are now in custody, and police are working to identify victims and return stolen property recovered in the case.

Police say the two suspects, a 31-year-old Bothell man and 36-year-old Bothell woman, targeted movie theaters and other public places, where they broke into vehicles, stole registration info, and then proceeded to burglarize the owners' empty homes, according to spokesman Jim Bove. (.)

In total, Redmond police said, the suspects are tied to at least 27 residential burglaries, four commercial burglaries, 17 vehicle prowls, four attempted burglaries, eight stolen vehicles and one fraud case. The crimes affected victims in Redmond, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Kirkland, Lynnwood, Medina, Mountlake Terrace, Mount Vernon, Mukilteo, Shoreline, Snohomish, Mill Creek, Bellevue and Woodinville.

"Thousands and thousands" of stolen items have been recovered, police said, including jewelry, electronics, tools, rifles, sports memorabilia, and even a sink.

Redmond Police were able to apprehend the suspects on Aug. 1 when they went to arrest the female suspect on another charge and caught up with the male suspect, who fled. Redmond Police K9 unit Vader tracked and located the man a short time later.

Charging documents have not yet been filed in the case, and Redmond Police have not released the names of the suspects.

Police are still processing evidence and working to return stolen property to victims. Anyone who believes he or she might have been affected in these cases is asked to visit a city webpage dedicated to the case for information on how to retrieve personal property.

Venice Buhain September 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
When this story first broke in April, Redmond Police recommended Redmond Police advised people to keep their personal information -- such as car registration and insurance cards -- out of the glove box. Do you think that's still a good idea?

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