A man who police believe burglarized at least a dozen different homes in the Eastside has been arrested and charged with 15 felonies, including 10 counts of residential burglary, two counts of attempted residential burglary, and three charges related to stealing and trafficking a firearm.
Police believe the 21-year-old Bellevue man, Alexander V. Mischenko, can be connected to several residential burglaries in Bellevue and Redmond.
Between Oct. 15 and Dec. 18, 2021, the Bellevue Police Department documented at least 14 nighttime residential burglaries or attempted burglaries. Of those burglaries, victims were inside during 11 of them. In five of those, victims woke up and observed or yelled at the suspect, according to police.
Investigators said in several cases, an intruder would go into the same room where a victim was sleeping, and often attempted to conceal actions by closing a door or attempting to replace window screens when leaving. Victims’ purses or wallets were often targeted with valuable electronics left behind in plain view. There were no physical confrontations in any of the cases, according to the Bellevue Police Department.
All of the cases happened in the early morning hours, primarily between 3 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., according to Bellevue Police.
Police documents claim that Mischenko had stolen cash, credit cards, electronics, jewelry and firearms. He remains in jail on a total bail amount of $200,000. His arraignment, where he is expected to put forward a plea, is on Jan. 12.