by: David Ham Updated:
A group of five teenagers accused of stealing luxury goods from a Gucci store in Bellevue may also be connected to several robberies in Des Moines and Kent.
"Setting up armed robberies through Facebook they’re either advertising for sale on Facebook or somebody or citizen would have something for sale and they’re making arrangements to meet with that citizen," said Sgt. Doug Jenkins, Des Moines Police Department.
In those instances, Jenkins said the suspects pull out guns on an unsuspecting buyer and robs them.
The teens are wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of belts from the Gucci store at the Bravern in Bellevue in July, and then stealing $4,000 worth of merchandise from the same store earlier this month.
"The suspects will walk into the store, walk around for a little bit and then they'll grab some items and then they'll run out of the store to an awaiting vehicle," said Officer Seth Tyler of the Bellevue Police Department.
Last Tuesday, a group of teenagers also stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store in downtown Seattle.
Seattle police said officers are working to see if they are connected to the organized thefts in Bellevue.
Des Moines police said one of the suspects has been arrested. Detectives are still looking for the other four teenagers.