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Redmond police nab 'Movie Bandits' for more than 60 crimes
On Aug. 1, the Redmond Police Department (RPD) arrested two suspects from Bothell who they believe are responsible more than 60 crimes and a lot of stolen property.
The 31-year-old man and 36-year-old woman have been named the "Movie Bandits" by police as their crimes consisted of breaking into vehicles in public parking lots such as movie theaters or shopping centers. The suspects would then steal the vehicle registration and other valuables in the car and then proceed to the victims' residences, knowing they weren't home.
The capture came in Bothell when RPD went to arrest the female suspect for rendering criminal assistance and were met by a fleeing male, who was then captured by Redmond police dog Vader. It is believed the two suspects account for at least 27 residential burglaries, four commercial burglaries, 17 vehicle prowls, four attempted burglaries, eight stolen vehicles and one account of fraud — and those numbers continue to grow.
RPD first warned residents about these crimes in April and since March, several agencies have assisted in investigating these individuals, including Bellevue, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Kirkland, Lynnwood, Marysville, Medina, Mountlake Terrace, Mount Vernon, Mukilteo, Shoreline and Wenatchee police departments as well as the Snohomish and King county sheriffs' offices.
RPD has been processing evidence and contacting known victims to receive their property. If you believe your property may have been stolen, visit www.redmond.gov/PublicSafety/Police/property.