Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 04, 2008

09-04-08 Arrests in Traveling Retail Theft Ring

09-04-08 Arrests in Traveling Retail Theft Ring

    Boise, Sept. 4, 2008 - Boise Police have arrested three men charged with stealing items from local home improvement stores. Investigators say there's evidence the suspects are part of a traveling theft ring from California. All three suspects appear to be from Southern California. 

    Arrested:

  • Domingo Aguero, 32 - Charge: Attempted Burglary (F)
  • Jose Antonia Avalon, 37 - Charges: Burglary (F), ATtempted Burglary (F)
  • Luis Adolfo Palma Estrella, 57 - Charges: Burglary (F), ATtempted Burglary (F)

    What Happened: Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, Investigators with the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit were called by loss prevention agents at a local home improvement store to report the theft of approx. $1800 in merchandise.

   Wednesday, officers were called again to the same retailer who reported that the suspects were back. As officers arrived, the suspects were just leaving the store. Officers contacted them in a nearby parking lot where all three tried to run, but were captured by officers.

    Boise Police investigators found some of the stolen merchandise in the suspect's vehicle. Items stolen from the retailer included power tools, metal wire, and other home construction supplies. Officers continue to investigate to locate, what they believe are additional items taken by the suspects while in Boise. Investigators believe the suspects arrived in Boise Tuesday and immediately began stealing items from local home improvement retailers.

    "In similar cases we've learned the suspects steal items they can take to other cities and sell," said Investigator Curt Crum, Supervisor of the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit, which includes the Organized Retail Crime section. 

    "Boise Police have very good relationships with local retailers. Those relationships help us investigate and locate suspects, and the retailers see a decrease in theft, which benefits all of us consumers."  said Crum.