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3 organized robbery rings stole over $100,000 from Bellevue

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In one case, police say four suspects have been charged after stealing more than $93,000 worth of handbags from Louis Vuitton in Bellevue.

BELLEVUE, Wash. – The Bellevue Police Department (BPD) said Thursday its officers dismantled three major organized retail theft rings accused of stealing over $100,000 worth of merchandise.

In one case, police say Bill Chambers, Memory Yearby and Earnetra Turner were charged after stealing more than $93,000 in handbags from Louis Vuitton in Bellevue. Investigators said the group targeted the same store twice in June.

The trio have been charged with two counts of first-degree organized retail theft, according to the King County District Attorney’s Office.

Chambers was previously convicted in the death of Tuba Man Edward McMichael and was arrested in connection with another incident in Seattle in July after he escaped community custody.

Detectives then found the stolen bags for sale online and arrested Trey Kendall, the fourth suspect linked to the theft. Police said Kendall faces charges of first-degree trafficking in stolen property. The charging documents state that the four suspects have “extensive criminal histories”.

“These suspects were aggressive and coordinated in their efforts and often physically confronted employees or security who stood in their way,” BPD Captain Shelby Shearer said in a statement. “These crews also caused significant damage to stores during the robberies, forcing some businesses to shut down for the day to clean up the mess.”

In a separate case, police say a 24-year-old suspect was charged with multiple robberies totaling nearly $13,000 from Bellevue’s Nordstrom Rack in October and November 2021.

Janay Luckey is accused of entering stores, cutting security tags off goods and leaving without paying. She is also accused of selling the stolen goods online. Luckey was charged with first-degree organized retail theft and two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property. She also faces five counts related to robberies in Seattle totaling more than $84,000.

Investigators said a third case involved a theft of nearly $7,000 from Ulta in Factoria. Two suspects are charged with stealing 62 bottles of perfume from the store, detectives said.

One of the suspects has been arrested in Kent, while charges are pending for the other person involved. A rental car was allegedly used to commit the theft. Police said the merchandise was returned to Ulta.

“We have joined the state’s Organized Retail Task Force committed to cracking down on this crime,” Shearer said. “These cases involved regional collaboration and partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and affected companies. The arrest of these suspects reduces crime not only in Bellevue but regionally.

Investigators say additional charges are possible in these cases.