Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

03-10-09 Fraud charges top overnight arrests

03-10-09 Fraud charges top overnight arrests

    Prescription Fraud charges top overnight arrests.

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    Arrested: Sarah Elizabeth Gallaway, 26, Boise

    Charges: 4 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (F), 1 count of forgery (F)

    On Monday (March 9th) at 5:30 p.m. Boise Police responded to a forgery call at a large retailer on the 3500 block of South Federal Way. The store's loss prevention specialists tell police that starting on February 23rd the store had been seeing forged prescriptions in the pharmacy. Evidence indicates that Sarah Gallaway, who worked in the pharmacy, intentionally forged a physician's signature to obtain prescriptions for controlled substance medications. The medications were Norco pills and Codeine cough syrup. Evidence indicates that she also refilled the prescriptions unlawfully on more than one occasion. After officers conducted an interview at the store with the suspect, she was taken into custody without incident and booked on the above charges.

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Arrested: Vicki Pogue, 45, Boise

Charges: Forgery (F)

    On February 23rd, 2009 Boise Police received a report of a forgery case from a merchant on the 100 block of East Warm Springs Road. The victim tells police that during a review of financial records they discovered that starting in June of 2007 and lasting until May of 2008 a former employee had apparently been writing checks on the company accounts and cashing them for herself. Investigators estimate losses above $20,000. The suspect no longer worked for the company. The suspect was arrested on the above listed charges without incident.

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Warrant Arrest: Michael Scott Siddoway, 26, Boise

Warrant Charges: Sexual battery of a minor child (F)

    On January 16th, 2009 Boise Police received a complaint of a sexual battery of a minor 16 or 17 years of age. The reporting party states that the conduct took place on multiple occasions between January and December of 2008 in a Boise home. The victim and the suspect were known to each other. After conducting interviews with the suspect and the female victim Detectives routed the report to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorneys Office for  review. The suspect was arrested without incident and booked into the Ada County Jail on Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m.

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    Arrested: Philip Ivan Medlin, 18, Nampa

    Charges: Burglary (F)

    Arrested: Aron M. Long, 18, Nampa

    Charges: Burglary (F)

    On Monday (March 9th) at approximately 1:40 p.m. Boise Police were dispatched to a large retailer on the 600 block of Milwaukee street in Boise to assist loss prevention employees. While en route to the store officers received the description of a vehicle being driven by two men who had just taken items form the store. Officers stopped the vehicle on Milwaukee a few blocks away. Employees of the store tell police that Medlin entered the store and attempted to conceal 6 Blue-Ray DVD's. Witnesses say the suspect then ran out of the store and got into a waiting car. Police believe the car was driven by suspect Aron Long. After interviewing both suspects Officers determined that they had gone to the store with the intent to commit the theft, resulting in the felony burglary charges. Investigators are looking into the suspects connection to other similar area retail burglaries.

    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: Burch C McDonald, 40, Boise

    Charges: Burglary (F)

    On Monday (March 9th) at approximately 5:00 p.m. Boise Police were dispatched to a large retailer on the 10000 block of West Overland on a commercial burglary. Loss prevention employees tell police that they observed Burch McDonald attempt to conceal several food items in his backpack while in the store. He then walked out of the store without paying for the items where loss prevention employees detained him and called police. 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