Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 23, 2006

Arrest After Crash in Burglaries

Arrest After Crash in Burglaries

UPDATE: Boise, Nov. 1, 2006, 3:00 p.m. - Boise Police Property Crimes detectives have arrested the second man involved in a series of "smash & grab" burglaries.

    Arrested: Michael L. Smith, 20, Deming, Washington

    Charged: Burglary, Grand Theft, Elluding Police.

Officers say Smith was the driver of the car that crashed into a pole as he attempted to flee from police. Smith has been hospitalized since the accident recovering from injuries. He was booked into the Ada County jail on the above charges this afternoon.

    A female juvenile who police believe was also involved in the burglaries has also been released from the hospital and is facing burglary and grand theft charges.

Original Release Issued Oct. 22, 2006, 1:30 p.m.:   Boise Police are investigating multiple reports of "smash & grab" burglaries and serious vandalism at local businesses overnight. The suspects in the burglaries crashed their stolen vehicle shortly before 5:00 this morning as they attempted to flee from police, with the suspect vehicle going speeds estimated at approx. 90 mph. Officers pulled three people out of a burning Jeep after the crash. A Lewiston man was arrested and two others, a Washington state man and a teenage girl from Boise are hospitalized with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries received in the crash.

The Crimes: Throughout the night, reports came in from several businesses (convenience, liquor, tobacco stores) of smash & grab type burglaries. Some of the businesses were also severely vandalized with fixtures and products inside the stores broken and smashed. Items stolen include cash, cigarettes, tobacco products, and beer.

At 4:45 a.m., a possible burglary in progress was reported at the Hollywood Market at 1319 N. 8th Street.

Officers responding saw a black Jeep driving southbound on 8th at a speed estimated at 90 mph. The officer turned around and attempted to follow the Jeep but was unable to catch up due to the speed of the suspect vehicle.

A second officer then spotted the Jeep running a red light at 9th & Hayes. The officer attempted to follow the Jeep, remaining some distance behind, again because of the speed of the suspect vehicle. The Jeep then crashed into a pole at 9th & River. The Jeep caught fire but arriving officers were able to pull the occupants out of the burning Jeep, preventing more serious injuries.

The occupants of the stolen Jeep are believed to be the same occupants of a white pickup that fled from Garden City officers earlier in the night. That pickup had stolen license plates and was seen acting suspiciously near a closed liquor store.

Suspects: Three people were inside the Jeep, a 20 year old male driver, a 19 year old male passenger from Washington state, and a 16 year old female passenger from Boise. The driver and the female juvenile are hospitalized with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries. They have not been charged at this time and their names are not being released.

The male passenger, Victor J. Wolf, 20 of Lewiston was treated and released at a local hospital, questioned, and taken to the Ada County Jail charged with Grand Theft (Auto) and Burglary.

Timeline: Detectives are still piecing together the series of events believed related to the suspects. At this time, officers believe the crimes began shortly after 11:00 p.m. with a report of stolen license plates on South Cole Rd.

    Between 11:00 p.m. and 4:45 a.m., officers at this time believe the suspects may be related to two attempted business burglaries, burglary/vandalism at 5 other businesses, and the stolen Jeep.

4:45:43 a.m. - Burglary-in-progress call at Hollywood Market, 1319 N. 8th St.

4:48:19 - Responding officers report seeing fleeing Jeep driving approx. 90 mph south on 8th St.

4:49:20 - Officers call for Paramedics Code 3 to crash at 9th & River.

Detectives have recovered some of the items believed taken in the burglaries. The investigation is continuing.