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Three Arrested for Organized Retail Theft Following U-District Collision Investigation

A single-car collision investigation resulted in three arrests Thursday afternoon, including the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen LEGO sets.

Around 3:00 p.m., officers from the North Precinct were dispatched to a report of a car high-centered on a median in the 4700 block of 17th Avenue NE. Witnesses gave descriptions of three people seen walking away from the vehicle after loading plastic garbage bags with property from the car. Arriving officers confirmed the involved Hyundai was a stolen vehicle out of Seattle and contacted two men and a woman matching witness descriptions nearby.

Officers took all three into custody based on witness interviews and other evidence which placed them inside the vehicle at the time of the collision. Further investigation by officers found the suspects in possession of multiple identification cards, credit cards, and LEGO sets totaling $5,701 which were stolen from several large chain retail stores in the area.

Two of the suspects, a 20-year-old male and a 24-year-old male, were booked into the King County Jail for possession of stolen property and organized retail theft. The 48-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center for an unrelated issue and officers will request charges for her associated crimes.