12-10-08 Arrest in Bench Burglaries
Police get call from Suspect, which leads to his Arrest
Boise, Dec. 10, 2008 - Boise Police arrested a man over the weekend and charged him with two counts of burglary. Since then, Boise Police Detectives believe they have connected the suspect to dozens of other home burglaries over the past several months.
Arrested: Joshua M. Weigand, 31, Boise (booking photo is at adasheriff.org)
Charged: Burglary (F), 2 cts
Suspect Linked to a large number of home burglaries: Since the suspect's arrest Saturday, Dec. 6th, Boise Police detective have found evidence they feel links the suspects to at least 15 home burglaries over the past four to five months, happening, largely in the neighborhoods around Overland, Orchard to Vista.
Boise Police are also working with detectives in other local police agencies. Detectives believe the suspect may be linked to as many as 15 additional burglaries in recent months outside the city in Ada County. Detectives say they have evidence that may link the suspect to home burglaries that had not even been reported to police.
Similarities in Burglaries: In each of the burglaries believed to be connected to Weigand, the suspect would enter the home either by an unlocked door, or forcing entry, often by kicking in a door. The suspect would then steal prescription medications, specifically pain killers. Detectives say the suspect is employed by a business office in the area of Vista and Overland and often targeted homes in that neighborhood.
"We know these neighbors have been concerned about a growing number of home burglaries, and we think this arrest is a big piece of the puzzle as to what's been happening in that neighborhood and why," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Boise Police Property Crimes Unit. "This suspect appears responsible for a good chunk of the burglaries that residents have reported."
Detectives say more charges are likely against the suspect, and this case remains under investigation. If anyone has information that nmay be helpful, they're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
What Happened Saturday - Suspect himself calls police: Detectives say approx 11:40 a.m. Saturday morning, Dec. 6th, a suspect, believed to be Weigand, kicked in the door of a home in the area of Vista and Overland. A woman in her 90's was inside the home. She yelled at the suspect and he left, getting into a car parked nearby. The woman called a neighbor who then got in his car and began driving and followed the suspect as he was leaving. The neighbor did not have a cell phone, however, several other motorists in the area called police dispatch to report two cars driving recklessly.
Weigand himself then called police reporting that he was being followed. When officers arrived, Weigand was questioned and later charged. He also faces misdemeanor charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon after officers found a handgun hidden in his vehicle following his arrest.
"It's certainly not often that the suspect calls police," said Sgt. Buzzini. "Between the neighbor trying to help, and the suspect calling 9-1-1, we think we can solve a good number of neighborhood burglaries."