Nearly 3 dozen people arrested in downtown Seattle staged retail theft

Seattle police officers arrested 35 people in a downtown retail robbery.

Throughout Wednesday, police saw people rob and walk out of a 2nd Avenue store with tens of thousands of dollars worth of cutlery, cooking utensils, detergent and several bottles of liquor.

Police said officers arrested the suspected thieves and recovered the items.

They received trespassing notices and banned them from returning to the store for a year.

Police released the suspects, but a man was held in King County Jail under a Department of Corrections warrant.

The police department said it will continue to work with downtown businesses about the staged theft and to ensure customers are safe during the holiday shopping season.

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