• Bellevue police search for couple accused of stealing $20,000 worth of vitamins

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    BELLEVUE, Wash. - The Bellevue Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a pair of thieves suspected of stealing over $20,000 worth of vitamins.

    Detectives say 39-year-old Justin Pederson and 37-year-old Anita Thompson are suspected of targeting stores across Washington state since November, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Seattle, Mercer Island, Mountlake Terrace, Tacoma and Vancouver. 

    According to detectives, the suspects’ strategy is to walk into a grocery store, put a large amount of expensive vitamins in a reusable grocery bag and walk out the front door. 

    "These types of organized retail thefts raise prices for everyone else, so we need to get these prolific thieves located and in custody,” said Seth Tyler with the Bellevue Police Department.

    Police believe Pederson and Thompson may be driving a stolen Dodge Neon, with the Washington license plate ASC2943. 

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    If you know anything about this case or suspects, you can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. You can also submit a tip anonymously online. 

    Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest. 

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