Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

03-04-09 Drug charges top overnight arrests

03-04-09 Drug charges top overnight arrests

Boise March 4th, 2009 - Drug charges top overnight arrests

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    Arrested: Airia Jo Howe, 19, Nampa

    Charges: Possession of Meth (F), Possession of Marijuana (M), Possession of Drug  Paraphernalia (M)

    Warrant Arrest: Mathew Merritt, 18, kuna

    Warrant Charges: Petit Theft Warrant (M)

    On Wednesday morning (March 4th) a half hour after midnight, Police observed a vehicle traveling East on State Street near 14th with one headlight out and expired registration. When Officers made contact with the driver and the passenger in the vehicle, a local petit theft warrant for the passenger led to his arrest. During the search incident to that arrest, Police located 1 gram of Meth in a plastic baggie, 1 gram of marijuana and a pipe belonging to Howe.

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    Warrant Arrest: Sean M Kelly, 24, Unknown Address

    Warrant Charges: Trafficking Cocaine (F)

    After a long term investigation starting in December of 2007 undercover Boise Narcotics Officers have arrested Sean Kelly for the sale of approximately 29.1 grams of Cocaine worth roughly  $1,450.00. Officers purchased the drugs from Kelly at a restaurant on the 200 block of North 5th Street in December of 2007. The suspect was arrested on the warrant yesterday (March 3rd) without incident.

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    Arrested: Ryan L Durrant, 19, or Boise

    Charges: Grand Theft (F)

    Boise Police are investigating multiple incidents of theft from a retail outlet on the 1300 block of North Milwaukee. Evidence indicates Ryan Durrant has pocketed more than $2,000.00 dollars in cash and taken several items without paying for them. Evidence indicates that since February 7th of this year the employee would use receipts obtained from customers or left at the register to list the purchased items as returned. He would then pocket the cash from the register. The suspect had also scanned items for himself as if he had purchased them, then done an item correction in the register changing the price to zero, allowing him to leave the store without paying for those items. In total, investigators believe Durrant has stolen roughly $4,000.00 dollars in merchandise and cash items. The suspect was taken into custody on Tuesday (March 3rd) at 1:30 p.m. without incident.

    The Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit has developed a positive, productive working relationship with loss prevention agents from many local retail stores, large and small, local and national chains. The goal of the BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can impact consumer prices.

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    Arrested: Gregory B Thompson, 59, Boise

    Charges: Burglary (F)

    On Tuesday March 3rd Loss prevention employees at a grocery store on the 1500 block of North Cole Road observed Gregory Thompson fill a shopping cart with various food items in the store. At roughly 3:20 p.m.the suspect was observed exiting the store without paying for the items and proceeded to his car to load the groceries. Officers determined that the suspect had entered the store with the intent to commit the theft, resulting in the felony burglary charge. 

    The Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit has developed a positive, productive working relationship with loss prevention agents from many local retail stores, large and small, local and national chains. The goal of the BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can impact consumer prices.

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Release Prepared By: 

Charles McClure 

Boise Police Public Information