Jewelry, silver, sports memorabilia and a soldier’s Purple Heart and Bronze Star military medals are among the stolen goods recovered by Sammamish and Bellevue police detectives.
After Bellevue police identified a suspect based on video surveillance from a burglary victim’s home, the two police departments worked together to investigate the crime.
At a storage unit in South Hill, near Puyallup, detectives discovered 66 bags, bins, safes and suitcases filled with stolen property.
Some stolen items, including at least seven firearms, are still missing.
The items came from 59 burglaries around the region, from Mill Creek, Wash. to Beaverton, Ore., including five burglaries in Woodinville, six in Bothell and one in Kenmore.
Steven Tipton, a 26-year-old Pierce County resident, has been charged in some of the burglaries, Sgt. Jessica Sullivan of the Sammamish Police Department said. Tipton is in custody at the King County Jail.
Police expect to file numerous additional criminal charges against him and his girlfriend, who is also a suspect but has not yet been charged.
Sullivan said police will contact burglary victims this week to return the items that have been recovered. Due to the volume of cases, she asked victims not to call police, but to wait for police to contact them.