Bellevue

Police: These men went to Walmart just to rob shoppers

Police: These men went to Walmart just  to rob shoppers
Police are looking for these three men in connection with two brazen robbery attempts at a Bellevue Walmart. (Courtesy of Bellevue Police Department)

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Five people showed up at a Bellevue Walmart Jan. 2 with the express purpose of brazenly robbing shoppers, according to the Bellevue Police Department.

According to police, three men hopped out of a burgundy minivan and started loitering in front of the store in the Kelsey Creek neighborhood while two women stayed behind in the van.

After watching shoppers for a while, the first suspect grabbed a man in his 50s who was going into the store, according to police. The victim was able to push the suspect away.

According to the police, the second suspect approached two women in their late 50s and early 60s in the parking lot and asked to use their phone before trying to steal their necklaces.

When the suspect knocked one of the women over while trying to take her purse, she bit his hand, according to police.

Another shopper came over and punched the suspect, but the other two suspects showed up and reportedly attacked the shopper as he tried to help the victims.

The suspects drove off before officers could arrive.