Charges laid against thieves who stole from Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom stores in Bellevue – KIRO 7 News Seattle
Charges have been filed in two major organized retail theft cases in Bellevue, and charges are pending in a third after Bellevue police detectives busted the criminal networks responsible for more than $100,000 in stolen goods , the Bellevue Police Department announced.
In one case, three suspects worked together to steal $93,000 worth of handbags from Louis Vuitton in Bellevue, and a fourth suspect sold them.
Investigators say Billy Chambers, Memory Yearby and Earnetra Turner stole from the same Louis Vuitton store twice in June. All three are charged with two counts of first-degree organized retail theft, while the fourth suspect, Trey Kendall, has been charged with first-degree trafficking in stolen property.
According to the charging documents, detectives found the bags for sale on OfferUp, arranged a purchase and were able to arrest Kendall, who admitted he knew the bags were stolen.
All four suspects have long criminal histories, according to the charging documents.
Chambers had previously been convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the 2008 murder of Seattle “Tuba-Man,” Edward McMichael, a well-known busker who played the tuba outside of Seattle sporting and arts events.
He has eight other felony convictions and is a suspect in a drive-by shooting in July where he was arrested in connection with an investigation into illegal possession of a firearm.
Yearby’s criminal history includes 13 misdemeanor convictions and a case in which she is accused of intentionally hitting a pregnant woman with her car before driving off without stopping.
Charging documents say Yearby has a history of at least 17 warrants for failing to appear or disobeying court orders since 2015.
Turner has four felony convictions, including second-degree robbery (2011) and attempted robbery (2012), as well as eight misdemeanor convictions.
Kendall has three misdemeanors and three felony convictions on her record, including second-degree murder in 1997.
“These suspects were aggressive and coordinated in their efforts and often physically confronted employees or security who stood in their way,” Capt. Shelby Shearer said. “These crews also caused significant damage to stores during the robberies, forcing some businesses to shut down for the day to clean up the mess.”
Bail for the four suspects has been set at $25,000.
In the second case, a suspect was charged after multiple thefts totaling nearly $13,000 from Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack in Bellevue in October and November 2021.
Janay Luckey, 24, entered the shops and cut the security tags off the goods before leaving without paying. According to billing documents, Luckey also used OfferUp to sell the stolen goods online.
Luckey has been charged with first-degree organized retail theft and two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property in the case.
Luckey is also charged with two counts of first-degree organized retail theft and three counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property in a separate case in Seattle.
In the third case, two suspects stole $7,000 worth of perfume from Ulta at Factoria. Police say one of the suspects was arrested in Kent and charges are pending against the other, who is also a suspect in the Louis Vuitton robberies.
“We have joined the state’s Organized Retail Task Force which is committed to cracking down on this crime,” Capt. Shearer said. “These cases involved regional collaboration and partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and affected companies. The arrest of these suspects reduces crime not only in Bellevue, but regionally.
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