Teens arrested in Bellevue carjacking linked to $100,000 retail theft

Four teens accused of an armed carjacking, who were later arrested in Vancouver following a long police pursuit, are now believed to have stolen $100,000 worth of goods from a luxury retail store in Bellevue.

Bellevue Police announced the arrest of four teenagers after a carjacking on April 24. Authorities say they were driving a stolen Hyundai Elantra, and pulled up behind a victim driving a black BMW X5 and carjacked them at gunpoint.

The victim called 911, which launched an hours-long police pursuit that stretched all the way down to the Washington-Oregon border before the boys were arrested.

Police say they have connected the four — plus a potential fifth suspect — to a burglary at Bottega Veneta, a high-end Italian fashion boutique located at The Bravern in Bellevue. Surveillance video reportedly captured five suspects entering the store at 6:44 p.m., arriving in a white Hyundai Elantra.

Video appeared to show the five pulling merchandise from the display cases, walking out with $106,000 in handbags, purses and totes in roughly one minute.

Police say the suspects then carjacked the BMW in order to dispose of their stolen Elantra.


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The suspects currently in custody for the carjacking now face additional charges of first-degree theft.