Bellevue Police have arrested a trio of South King County men suspected in a rash of burglaries in the Somerset and Newport Shores neighborhoods. The suspects may also be connected to burglaries and the trafficking of stolen goods in Kent, Federal Way and Auburn.
Bellevue saw a spike in burglaries in April, with 39, compared to 21 in March. With the arrests of two Federal Way men and an Auburn man in May, the total for that month dropped to 20.
Property crimes detectives and patrol officers got help from the Bellevue Police's Special Enforcement Team, which includes plain-clothes detectives and officers who focus on whatever the city's biggest crime problem is at the time.
The SET arrested a 19-year-old Auburn man on May 17. The suspect confessed to burglaries in the area and informed detectives of several other burglaries in the area committed by his friends.
"Our records indicate a monumental drop in burglaries since the arrest of this one burglar," stated Lt. Dan Mathieu.
On May 24 police arrested one of the Auburn man’s friends, a 24-year-old Federal Way man, for trafficking stolen property. On May 27 police arrested a 19-year-old Federal Way man for residential burglaries in Newport Shores. He confessed to six burglaries, four in Bellevue.
The Auburn man, Aleksandr Borodulin, was charged in court with four counts of residential burglary and two counts of trafficking stolen property. Sergey Vishnevskiy, the 24-year-old, was charged with two counts of residential burglary and one count of trafficking stolen property. The third man, Vitaliy Babets, was charged with five counts of residential burglary.
The investigation continues with other unsolved cases, and some recovered stolen property from the burglaries is being returned to the victims.
To protect yourself from burglary:
- Lock your doors and windows.
- Do not leave house keys under rocks, flower pots or door mats. Consider a key locker similar to the ones used by realtors. Key lockers can be purchased at hardware stores.
- Use your home alarm, but more importantly, place a yard alarm sign in the front and back of your property.
- Cut back shrubbery from windows and doors, which burglars might try to use.
- Start and maintain a block watch.
- Do not leave your home with your car parked in the driveway and the garage door remote in the car. The remote is like a key to your home.
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