West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Bellevue Police say local bust linked to ‘large ID theft ring’

(WSB photo from Tuesday)

Back on Tuesday, we brought you first word of a Bellevue Police raid at a house in Highland Park. BPD didn’t have a lot to say that day, but now they do:

Bellevue police Tuesday arrested five people suspected of being part of a large identity theft ring that allegedly operated out of a residence in West Seattle. Investigators with the department’s Special Enforcement Team were conducting surveillance on a residence in the 9400 block of Ninth Avenue SW in West Seattle when they saw two people leave the residence and get into a stolen car.

After obtaining a search warrant for the residence and vehicle, they arrested five people in the residence, including the two who had gotten into the stolen car earlier. They arrested the suspects, two women and three men, on suspicion of crimes including possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and identity theft.

During the search of the residence, police found credit cards, Washington drivers licenses and personal and financial documents of dozens of people. They also found and seized equipment used to make fraudulent identifications and financial documents.

In the stolen vehicle they found multiple crowbars, suspected stolen credit cards, gloves, screwdrivers and a brass knuckle-shaped stun gun.

(Bellevue Police photo)
Multiple shaved keys and narcotics were recovered inside a small backpack that officers had observed one of the suspects place inside the vehicle. A stolen credit card was also recovered from the center console. Investigators were able to link the stolen vehicle and one of the suspects to an April 7 vehicle prowl in Bellevue.

Investigators are contacting victims, including multiple Bellevue residents, and the investigation is being forwarded to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of charges.

We’ll keep an eye on the case to see if any local crimes turn out to be part of it.

17 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Bellevue Police say local bust linked to 'large ID theft ring'"

  • candrewb April 14, 2016 (6:58 pm)

    Maybe we should have Bellevue police patrol West Seattle…

  • Alki Resident April 14, 2016 (7:44 pm)

    Sounds like a good catch. I wish our residents had this much luck.

  • madashell April 14, 2016 (9:00 pm)

    We hope to hear from police … suspect these are the criminals that broke into our house 2 and a half months ago and stole our computer… paperwork from a file and rummaged through every drawer and closet taking whatever they deemed useful and could be sold .. leaving a mess and then  came back later that night and stole our car from the driveway because  they found the spare key in a desk drawer.   Car was recovered the next day in front of this fools house .

    • Matt April 15, 2016 (8:54 am)

      I came here to say that there is no way that they are caught with that much stuff and aren’t doing things close by. Glad to see these guys taken off the streets but I can’t help but wonder for how long.

  • Alki Resident April 14, 2016 (9:47 pm)

    Madashell- Good luck you deserve it. The violation sucks and youre never the same after that. I should know. Ill be thinking of you.

    • madashell April 14, 2016 (10:16 pm)

      Thank you Alki resident… it is a terrible we now have lost our sense of security ,so everytime we leave home we wonder what we will be finding on our return. Sucks to live with this feeling.


  • Elle Nell April 14, 2016 (11:06 pm)

    Glad they got these pieces of bottom scub.. Madashell- I totally relate with you has we’ve been broken into 2 times and had everything of value taken as well as ALL the videos of my son when he was a child.. The good part is, that feeling will go away. You actually, well we actually have had a new out look and feeling on the attachment of material items.. I feel much more free. Good luck 

  • bolo April 14, 2016 (11:12 pm)

    Wonder what that blue maraca thingie is in the evidence photo. Any ideas?

    • Matt April 15, 2016 (8:53 am)

      That is either a crack or more likely a meth pipe. 

  • BL April 15, 2016 (12:24 am)

    Saw a story on King 5, about the ID Theft Ring bust in Highland Park – noticed there was a blue Honda CRV parked outside the home where the police were at. Then I recalled a story/video I had seen here on West Seattle blog, about package thieves driving a blue Honda CRV. The story appeared on December 30, 2015. 

    “On Tuesday, December 29th, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, this video shows at around 2:25 pm a Blue CRV slowly drove past our house, looked at recently delivered packages and then dropped off a thief (out of view) who stole the packages from our porch and then jumped back in the Blue CRV. Be on the look out for this guy and the car around West Seattle! A police report has been filed and any information you may have, or if you see the car and/or the man in the video, please contact Officer Jenkins, referencing incident 15-449867.”
    The wheels are different, but..they’re criminals and could have stolen those too. Probably not related, but wanted to share just in case.
  • Alki Resident April 15, 2016 (12:31 am)

    Bolo- thats a crack pipe.

  • WSresident April 15, 2016 (8:49 am)

    Our mailbox was broken into on 3/25 and our tax return was stolen among other items.  Since then three of my families ss#’s have been used to obtain over 20k in credit cards and online accounts.  Our mailbox was again broken into a week later, I suspect to obtain the half dozen credit cards that we had received.  Fortunately, we have credit monitoring and the day multiple hard inquiries started showing up on all of us we knew what had happened and were able to prevent most of the credit lines from being charged up immediately.

    We are a small business owner and one card we received was a gold business card with the name Rednaxela Htims, LLC on it (Alexander Smith backwards). Urban Dictionary ironically defines Rednaxela as “the elitest mofo that ever did own your ignorant a**”, which makes me think the person(s) who stole our identities isn’t a first timer.  I really hope our documents are among the ones recovered, this has been a nightmare especially because one of the ss#’s used was my 19 year old daughters.  Because she is over 18, she has had to combat this fraud herself.  She is a college freshman heading into finals and every single day she has had to make calls and dispute charges and inquiries because the credit issuers/reporting agencies will not allow me to do it for her. I am most angry for her and what she is being burdened with and that her credit is being destroyed before she has even begun building it. 

    We have spent over 2K in the last two weeks installing an upgrade and additional cameras to our surveillance system, subscribing our entire family to LifeLock, and freezing our credit not to mention the missed days of work and sleepless nights while we tried to get in front of this nightmare.

    I’m so thankful for our police and hope that they make an example of these thieves.  No one has a right to do what they did and get away with it.

    • madashell April 15, 2016 (10:24 am)

      So sorry for your daughter and this added burden when she should be concentrating on her finals…. Even after 2 1/2  months we are still dealing with replacing things that were damaged by these guys… We were lucky enough to have reported all our credit info the same night of the breaking… so when they tried to use the cards and #’s they did get, we were notified and we traced the car theft back to this very same house where the arrest occurred on Tuesday…  we are hoping to hear from the police as we would like to get our computer back ,all of our Grandchildren photos and memories are on it.   Of course I know it’s a one in a million chance we will ever see it again.. Good Luck to your Daughter…hopefully she will be able to resolve her credit and have a great life….. 

  • WSresident April 15, 2016 (12:37 pm)

    Thank you madashell. I’m so sorry for what you have been through and the loss of precious, personal items. It is unbelievable, that your car was recovered from this address previously but it sounds like the thieves in your situation were definitely caught. I sincerely hope that all of your possessions are returned to you and you hear from police soon. All we have to go on at this point is the IP address the applications were made from. I’m hoping it was the same people in your case, it’s so unnerving waiting and not knowing when they will strike again. 

    Best of luck to you!

  • West side April 16, 2016 (2:53 am)

    It is a meth pipe not a crack pipe. I’m so sorry for the people who have to face identity theft-my credit will forever be impacted by identity theft 5 yrs ago-lots of work to prove it wasn’t u-I gave up was too many to keep account for. Still getting new bills phone calls and mail for things I never signed up for. Prayer go out to u

  • Stuck in Seattle April 16, 2016 (7:10 pm)

    Wouldn’t be surprised if these are the people who lived next door to us, when a couple years ago they had the SWAT team come there, and Bellevue Police were, again, the ones investigating it (that was about a theft ring too). Bellevue has to come over to Seattle, because Seattle won’t bust the criminals. Figures.

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