Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Teens in Custody for Vehicle Burglaries

Teens in Custody for Vehicle Burglaries

    Boise, August 8, 2007 - Boise Police have charged three teenage boys with Burglary after an alert neighbor called in a report of a suspicious vehicle. After locating the vehicle, officers found the teens inside had apparently been stealing from unlocked cars.

    Taken into Custody - 3 teenage boys, age 16 & 15 from Boise, one 16 year old from Eagle.

    Charges: all - Burglary, Curfew Violation; 16 year old from Eagle charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; 15 year old charged with Possession of Tobacco.

    What Happened: Boise Police were called to the neighborhood near Pierce Park and State Street at approx. 3:30 a.m. this morning by an alert citizen who said he noticed a pick up truck with three people inside parked nearby. The man told police dispatch he knew his neighborhood and did not believe the truck belonged to any of his neighbors and became suspicious.

    Officers Jim Adams and Greg Hoffman located the pick up driving down Pierce Park and stopped the truck in the parking lot of Pierce Park Elementary. Inside they found the three teens. After some investigation, it was discovered the teens had burglarized approx. 10 to 15 unlocked vehicles in the area. They were found with stolen items that included fireworks, an IPod, and MP3 player, CD's, and a leatherman's tool. 

    After questioning, officers returned the teens to the area to return the stolen property to the rightful owners. The teens were charged and released to the custody of their parents.

    "It would have been a difficult morning for neighbors to wake up and find their cars had been burglarized," said Det. Ryan Jones, a juvenile detective with the Boise Police Department who helped investigate the incident. 

    "Thanks to an alert citizen who noticed something out of place in his neighborhood, all the victims had their stolen items returned and the teens who took those items are being held accountable." said Det. Jones.