"We didn't know how much...and how violent and well organized they were.". Bellevue police also released photos Thursday of two suspects they are trying to identify. Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said Bellevue Square suffered heavy damage after looters broke into the shuttered mall. "It breaks my heart, because I wish we could have stopped it. People can submit tips to Crimestoppers of Puget Sound by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett previously called the looting “a well-organized plan” and did not believe the looters were there to protest Floyd’s death. That means up to 400 Guard members have been deployed to the Seattle area following three consecutive days of unrest. Dozens of people have been arrested or charged after allegedly looting downtown Bellevue businesses during George Floyd protests in May. Arrests made, curfews imposed after looters target Bellevue, Tukwila BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Dozens of National Guard troops arrived in Bellevue Monday morning and marched toward Bellevue Square mall… Alfred Charles, KOMONews.com Executive Producer, Bellevue looks to clean up after protests, looting. Bellevue Police announced Tuesday that they’ve made nearly two dozen arrests and expect to make more, following looting and vandalism downtown and at Bellevue Square Mall on May 31, 2020. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Aidan Ellison: A man fatally shot a teenager in Ashland, Oregon for playing loud music Thanksgiving week, Chris Krebs says Trump firing by tweet was 'not how I wanted to go out', Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett spoke to protesters about how his department works to ensure the civil liberties of its residents, Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett spoke to KOMO News amid protests. Most of the suspects face charges of burglary 2, possession of stolen property or malicious mischief, Bellevue police said Thursday. Gov. "It's destroyed inside," he said. The city's curfew extends from 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. in the downtown area and east of Interstate 405. Dozens of looters broke into Bellevue Square mall and other downtown businesses while demonstrators protested the death of George Floyd nearby on May 31. Several people were seen breaking into stores at Bellevue Square Mall and carrying out bags of merchandise. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. At least two security guards were hurt during a run-in with looters although it appears that they were not seriously hurt, police said. Protests due … Officials said at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, a group broke into Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square North and South and began looting stores. "We were making traffic stops even before they arrived and as they were coming in," Mylett said. Black said multiple arrests have been made but it was not clear how many people were in custody, "These are criminals bent on coming into the city and causing destruction," Black said. Police recovered tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise after the lootings. “We will continue to investigate, identify, and hold those responsible for the destruction in downtown Bellevue.”. Protests in Bellevue Turn into Riots and Looting. Photo Credit: Chris Paslawksi . Bellevue police say detectives looked through 10,000 pieces of video evidence from security cameras or the public to find the suspects. Tips that lead to the arrest of a suspect could receive up to a $1,000 reward. Police Chief Steve Mylett said a group that came into the city was "hell bent on causing destruction.". Meeghan Black, a spokeswoman for Bellevue police, said the agency learned Saturday night that known gang members were planning on coming to Bellevue to cause chaos. "We will not tolerate the criminal activity of looting the stores in Bellevue.". Though numerous stores at Bellevue Square were badly damaged, they were not the only ones that were looted and vandalized. The crowd ultimately did disperse peacefully as shop owners said they would have to clean up the damage done by the looters. BELLEVUE, WA - MAY 31: An entrance to Bellevue Square Mall is seen after looting took place on May 31, 2020 in Bellevue, Washington. He said they were prepared and knew there may be looters heading their way. Bellevue city leaders on Sunday declared a civil emergency and imposed a citywide curfew after dozens of people began protesting and looting in the city's downtown core. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. Mylett said they weren't sure where the looters were coming from, but they did make some arrests which will help determine the location. "And nobody's from Bellevue. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Bellevue … The unrest in Bellevue occurred as protesters gathered Sunday in downtown Sunday for a third day of unrest and violence that has gripped the nation following the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota by four police officers. Jay Inslee's office said he has activated up to 200 additional National Guard soldiers to quell looting and unrest in Bellevue and King County. To my knowledge, maybe a few from Seattle, but they're coming in from way out of the area. BELLEVUE, Wash. — Forty-six people have been arrested or had charges referred for looting during protests in downtown Bellevue in May, according to Bellevue police. While the protest began as peaceful, it has turned into a riot. Dozens of looters broke into Bellevue Square mall and other downtown businesses while demonstrators protested the death of George Floyd nearby on May 31. A few blocks away, J … Bellevue is a suburban high-tech city with several upscale stores and a population of over 145,000 people. Protesters planned to gather in Bellevue this afternoon at 3 p.m. to rally against the death of George Floyd. As part of the unrest, Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson said the city has asked for help from the Washington National Guard, which has deployed at lest 200 members to help keep the peace in Seattle. “It’s a tedious and time-consuming process, but an important one,” Major Travess Forbush said in a statement. 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One suspect has curly red hair, and the other has a large tattoo on their forearm, according to police.