10-27-08 UPDATE: Arrests, Charges follow Weekend Burglary Spree
UPDATE - Boise, Oct. 29, 2008 - Boise Police Gang Detectives will ask Ada County Prosecutors to file what's called a "Gang Enhancement" on two men arrested Sunday and charged with a series of weekend burglaries.
Under Idaho Statute, the "Gang Enhancement" adds two years to any prison sentence of a suspect found guilty of a felony crime. The "Gang Enhancement" also applies to juveniles. Boise Police Gang detectives have identified both the adult and juvenile suspects as Boise members of a gang with membership throughout the Treasure Valley.
Please refer to previous news releases for arrest, suspect and crime details, and to Ada County Courts for additional court appearance dates.
Boise, Oct 26, 2008 - Boise Police have charged two men with several felonies, bringing an end to a weekend burglary spree. The arrests come after Boise Police Patrol Officers staked out local convenience stores looking for the suspects.
"Pretty quickly officers recognized a pattern to these crimes," said Lt. Alan Cavener, Boise Police Patrol Watch Commander.
"Good police work followed good witness descriptions and led to these arrests. This is another good example of how the community and their police department can work together to solve crimes."
Arrested: Raul Lopez, Jr., 27, Boise
Charged: 4 counts Burglary (F). Lopez also had two outstanding arrest warrants; a parole violation, and battery.
Also arrested is a 17 year old male. The teen is currently in the custody of juvenile detention authorities facing four counts of burglary, and one charge of carrying a concealed weapon - a knife.
A third suspect, another 17 year old male, was released from police custody. A report on his involvement in the burglaries is being routed to prosecutors for a review of possible charges.
Last night, Saturday, Oct. 25th, Boise area convenience stores began reporting a series of beer thefts. The crimes were all similar in suspect description, suspect vehicle, and method used. In each case, store clerks told officers two men walked into the store and left with beer without paying for it. The men were described as Hispanic, wearing white t-shirts and black pants. One suspect wore a black glove on his right hand. They were reportedly being driven by a third person in a maroon vehicle with Utah license plates.
Today, Boise Police patrol officers began giving extra patrol to convenience stores and, when the officers weren't on urgent calls, parked nearby the stores to keep an extra eye out.
Just before 4:00 p.m., Officer John Tucker spotted three men matching the suspects description walk out of a convenience store at Ustick and Five Mile. The men got into a vehicle that also matched the suspect vehicle description. The men were stopped in their vehicle and found with evidence that officers believe links them to the series of burglaries.
For approx. 10 minutes just before 4:00 pm Five Mile Rd. was closed while the men were being taken into custody.
(Felony Burglary is the charge because it's believed the suspects entered the store with the intent to steal)
The first reported beer theft occurred last night approx 7:36 p.m. at Vista and Nez Perce.
The second happened today at approx 12:30 p.m. at a convenience store on the 3200 blk of Vista.
The third incident occurred approx 12:40 p.m. today, again at Vista and Nez Perce. It's believed the suspects may have thought they were recognized by the store clerks and left without taking anything.
The fourth report came in approx. 3:30 p.m. from the convenience store at W. Overland and Hummel. Again, clerks reported a beer theft by the same suspects.
The fifth incident occurred shortly before 4:00 p.m. The suspects were witnessed by the officer leaving the store and were taken into custody at Ustick and Five Mile.