Bellevue police say prolific identity thief arrested

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BELLEVUE, Wash. —

A 40-year-old man police are calling a prolific identity thief was arrested earlier this month in connection with a series of crimes that started last year and spanned five counties.

Police said the man, who is a repeat offender with 16 felony convictions, is the main suspect in the identity thefts that started in December and included 14 victims from Snohomish, King, Pierce, Kitsap and Thurston counties.

The man is accused of fraudulently using the victims' identities to obtain merchandise and cash totaling more than $150,000.

About 3:45 p.m. on March 10, police received a tip that the man was going to be signing loan documents in Tukwila at 5 p.m.  Tukwila police took the lead by quickly assembling surveillance and arrest teams, supported by Bellevue detectives.  The man arrived at his appointment and was taken into custody without incident.

The man is currently being held on a Department of Corrections warrant pending the filing of new charges by multiple agencies this week.