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VIDEO: 'Movie Bandits' Victims Recover Property at Redmond Police Station

Dozens of families throughout King and Snohomish County were targeted earlier this year by two thieves who were known for breaking into vehicles, stealing the owners' registration, and proceeding to break into their homes.

Lake Forest Park resident Gail Genereau did not expect to find any of her stolen belongings Tuesday when she came to the Redmond Police station to look through thousands of items recovered in the Movie Bandits case from earlier this year.

Genereau knew her case did not fit into the exact time frame of the other crimes. Plus, her home burglary was not preceded by a car prowl like many of the other incidents and had not been linked to the Movie Bandits by police.

"I thought it was worth a shot," Genereau said before going into a large room where police had laid out items ranging from jewelry to baseball cards. "You know, I have nothing to lose but to just see what there is."

But as she began walking down the rows of recovered items, Genereau began to recognize some of her belongings—mostly costume jewelry that is not worth a great deal of money but some of which still holds sentimental value. Perhaps even more importantly, Genereau was able to learn the people who burglarized her home have been caught and are awaiting prosecution.

"I'm actually shocked," said Genereau, who was able to retrieve hundreds of pieces of jewelry, trinkets and other items. "I just wasn't really sure but thought it was worth checking out."

Not everyone who came by the station on Tuesday to look through items was as fortunate. Even the victims who found some of their stolen items said most of the valuable jewelry was gone.

"All the good ones are, who knows, melted down," said Kea Rehn of Bellevue. "They got money for them."

Police now say the so-called Movie Bandits, a male and female couple from Bothell, are responsible for close to 70 car prowls, burglaries, vehicle thefts and other crimes that affected dozens of families throughout King and Snohomish counties. Cases from as far north as Mount Vernon and as far east as Wenatchee have been attributed to the duo.

In several cases, the suspects targeted movie theaters and other public places, where they broke into vehicles, stole registration info, and then proceeded to burglarize the owners' empty homes.

Redmond Police apprehended the suspects on Aug. 1 when they went to arrest the female suspect on another charge and caught up with the male suspect, who fled. Redmond Police K9 unit Vader tracked and located the man a short time later.

The King County Prosecutor's Office is currently reviewing the case and expects to make a charging decision soon. Patch typically does not name suspects until they are formally charged with a crime.

The male suspect, 31, remains in King County Jail. His accomplice, a 36-year-old woman, was apprehended but has been released awaiting a trial.

In an odd twist, Redmond Police spokesman Jim Bove says the couple got married in jail earlier this year.

Bove said several victims still feel traumatized by the ordeal and that police will hold a personal safety class next month specifically for Movie Bandit victims.

"We've seen a variety of emotion today," he said. "People were reminded of the crime and that they were violated, and that's a very emotional thing to go through."

RockStarStatus October 31, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Just for sh*ts and giggles check out the article, " Eastside couple on meth fueled crime spree." Same month same Redmond police organization. Just sayin....
Caitlin Moran October 31, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Interesting coincidence, RockStarStatus, but the names are not the same as the suspects in this case.
RockStarStatus October 31, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I REALIZE THE NAMES ARENT THE SAME IN THE ARTICLES THAT ACTUALLY PROVIDE NAMES AS I KNOW YOURS DOESNT, THERE LIES THE INTRIGUE. BECAUSE THE MO, THE TIME FRAME, THE AREA, AND DETAILS SEEM TO BE THE SAME. I'VE ALSO COME ACROSS SEVERAL OTHER STORIES VERY SIMILAR WITH PEOPLE PROSECUTED IN THEM ALL WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE INVOLVED. IT LEAVES ME TO WONDER HOW MANY ROBBERIES ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE IN THE REDMOND AREA DURING THAT TIME FRAME?I KNOW THAT NOT ALL SAID CRIMES WERE IN REDMOND BUT STILL MANY TITLES TO THE ARTICLES INVOLVE REDMOND AND THE ELITE GROUP OF OFFICERS WHOSE JOB SEEMINGLY CONSISTS OF RECOVERING LACKLUSTER COSTUME JEWELRY LONG AFTER THE LONG TERM EFFECTS OF THESE ROBBERIES HAVE AFFECTED THE CITIZENS THEY AIM TO PROTECT. (PLEASE DISREGARD CAPITAL LETTERS THEY MEAN NOTHING IN THIS INSTANCE :))
K.M. May November 02, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Dear RockStar, The importance of what those (elite - doubt it!) detectives are doing is not really that they may be reuniting some victims with some of their semi-meaningless recovered stolen items. But rather that they are trudging along, taking the right steps to build a case (or ten) against the proper Suspect(s) so that EVENTUALLY, these most probable serial burglars will get labeled as to what they are. The first time they go to jail for burglary, maybe not much time, but hey! Their prints are now in the system and so when they get out, the next time they ply their illegal trade, they may leave a print and then BOOM, get caught once again. This time their jail term will be a little bit longer, and they'll be out of our hair for a few more years. Being caught for their crimes of "inherent danger" (Burglary) will definitely get them labeled and locked up, for a little bit longer each time, unless or UNTIL hopefully they can learn from their mistakes; or maybe one of those stints in prison or the County jail will let them get off their drug of choice long enough so that maybe they will take a stab at staying clean when they get out the next time. It's called rehabilitation. And while it would be so much better if nobody had to "go there" in the first place, by not victimizing and not being victimized, alas, we live in such an imperfect world. So we go through the motions and hopefully take the right steps, to "right" the wrongs, and pray for the madness to end.
RockStarStatus November 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM
K.M.your response was thoughtful and upbeat it was a pleasure to read thank you. I am aware of what your are saying and I agree. My comment although it may have seemed to be poking at the police and whatever tactics they use, was really just me saying geeezzz...there must have been a ton of burglaries in this area if there are 3+ stories in the news of serial burglars. I actually wonder if I could find out the number of reported burglaries in Redmond alone this year? I also wonder about comparisions to other cities in the area, are they being pillaged as well? I like to play devils advocate and Im also just curious. I do feel for all the victims having had my home broken into before as well I can relate and it changes your life most definately.
Caitlin Moran November 02, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Hi RockStar, the city's interactive crime map would be a good place to look for the most recent numbers: http://gis.redmond.gov/crimemap/#/MapView. In terms of comparing that to years past, RPD released official data for 2009-2011 earlier this year: http://patch.com/A-tWHt And if you want to compare all that to other cities, the FBI just released nationwide numbers for 2011. Here's where you'll find results for Washington: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table8statecuts/table_8_offenses_known_to_law_enforcement_washington_by_city_2011.xls
RockStarStatus November 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Thanks Caitlin :-)

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