BELLEVUE, WA – If two men from Detroit thought that a trip to Bellevue Washington would be the trip of a life time, they may want to rethink that. They have been arrested and are accused of identity theft and other charges after they went on a shopping spree for the ages.
The two men from Detroit are behind bars and have been accused of stealing the identities of no less than eleven people.
Bellevue Police Department Detectives stated the pair used falsified IDs to open credit lines. With those lines of credit they purchased a $64,000 Dodge Challenger, a $6,400 gold bracelet, and various other items from two different shopping malls.
Detectives believe the two men, who are 25 and 27-years old, flew into Seattle from Detroit during the week of April 19th, 2021. One of the suspects attempted to purchase a $51,000 2019 Camaro from a dealership in Bellevue with a counterfeit ID. They failed to go back to the dealership to pick up the vehicle. The victim whose identity was used received a credit alert. They contacted the dealership stating he did not apply for credit. The manager of the dealership called Bellevue police.
Most criminals leave clues and these two did not fail us. Detectives quickly investigated and learned the identity of one of the suspect’s because he had used his own cellphone number during the purchase.
The investigation continued, and three days later, detectives watched as both suspects get into a red Dodge Challenger. Detectives were able to determine that the vehicle was recently purchased. Employees at the dealership identified a photo of one of the suspects. They stated that the suspect bought the Challenger using a different name that also turned out the be with a counterfeit ID.
The two suspects went on a shopping spree at two different malls. They had a shiny new red Dodge Challenger to ride in so now they needed some bling to go with it. The suspects purchased several high-end items while in both both malls. One of those items was a beautiful gold bracelet.
Officers eventually arrested both men while they were placing items in the trunk of the Challenger at the second mall. Both were arrested on various charges, including Identity Theft 1st Degree and Theft of Motor Vehicle.
After obtaining a search warrant, detectives searched the Dodge Challenger and recovered eight Washington and three Oregon counterfeit driver’s licenses, 17 new Apple iPhones, four new Apple iWatches, and a Costco credit card with a $10,000 limit. Detectives are working to notify all of the known 11 victims and are trying to determine if there are more that they have yet to identify.