Police Return $70,000 in Stolen Merchandise to Downtown Retailers

Today, Seattle police are returning $70,000 in stolen goods to 29 stores following an investigation, and conviction, of a suspect in a downtown retail theft ring.

In December 2017, investigators identified one person, a 39-year-old man, who was purchasing and reselling items stolen from downtown stores. Detectives served a search warrant in March of 2018 at the suspect’s home in Burien, took the man into custody, and seized stolen items totaling over $70,000.

The suspect received a seven-month sentence in the case. Detectives also arrested four additional people who are still making their way through the judicial system.

Following the man’s conviction, detectives are now working to return all of the evidence in the case–items stolen from retailers, many of which still had their tags on–and police continue to work to dismantle large scale retail theft operations throughout the city.