April 10, 2001 (BELLEVUE, Wash.) – Police in a Seattle suburb say that a car left parked under a street light with a pocketbook on the seat has led to the recovery of $25,000 in stolen stereos, cell phones and other items.
The car was part of a sting run by the Bellevue Police Department during the weekend. Investigators say that five people were arrested and admitted engaging in car break-ins in movie theater parking lots. The stolen merchandise was found in a search of one suspect’s apartment.
Law enforcement agencies report that car break-ins are the most common crime in the area. The arrest rate is low, and many victims do not even bother to report the loss.