Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 27, 2009

03-27-09 Burglary, Bad Checks top daily arrests

03-27-09 Burglary, Bad Checks top daily arrests

Boise March 27th, 2009 - Burglary charges and writing bad checks top the daily arrests in Boise

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    Arrested: Florence A. Pharis, 59, Boise,

    Charges: Burglary (F), Petit Theft (m),

    Boise Police were called to investigate an ongoing theft situation at a local retail store on the 800 block of West Fort Street at approximately 1:00 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses tell Boise Police that they suspected a vendor (a supplier of items to the store) of shorting deliveries to the store, but continuing to charge the business for a full shipment. On Thursday, March 26th, investigators with the Boise Police Retail Crime Unit were called as the suspect made a routine delivery. After investigating, officers found her shipment was indeed short of what she was charging the store, resulting in the petit theft charge. Witnesses tell officers this activity has happened at least 4 other times over the last month. Officers continue to investigate and say additional charges against the suspect, Pharis are likely.

    Also, while making her delivery on March 26th, witnesses say they observed the suspect, Pharis, place a frying pan in her delivery cart and leave the store without paying for it. Boise Police believe the suspect entered the store with the intent of stealing, resulting in the felony burglary. 

    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: Steven W. Cromwell, 19, Boise,

    Charges: Drawing Checks With Insufficient Funds (F), Possession of Marijuana (m),

    Boise Police Officers were called to investigate a fraud in progress at a retail store on the 7300 block of Ustick Thursday at approximately 4:25 p.m. . Store employees tell Boise Officers that the suspect, identified as Steven Cromwell had entered the store on at least two occasions over the last two weeks and written checks on a closed account. Clerks at the store recognized the suspect when he attempted to write another check and called Police. Officers who searched the suspect after his arrest, located a baggie of marijuana in the suspects coat.

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    Arrested: Steven J. Velasquez, 30, Unknown

    Warrant Charges: Aggravated Battery (F)

    New Charges: Providing False Information (M)

    Boise Police, in cooperation with Garden City Police, served an arrest warrant on the suspect at a home in the area of 42nd and Adams Streets in Garden City Thursday, March 26th at approx. 7:00 p.m.. Officers had information that Velasquez was at the home and wanted on a felony warrant. The arrest warrant was for a charge of Aggravated Assault that stems from a domestic incident that took place in July, 2007 at a Boise home. When confronted by officers, Velasquez initially gave them false identifying information, resulting in the additional misdemeanor charge. 

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ADDITIONAL ARRESTS

    Warrant Arrest: Keri E. Ingle, 30, Boise 

    Warrant Charges: Aggravated Assault (F)

    Yesterday evening at 10:26 p.m. Keri Ingle was arrested at a home on the 9100 block of Irvine Street on a Felony Aggravated Assault Warrant.

    The charges stem from an incident that took place on March 23rd at the same address. The suspect and the victim, who are well known to each other, had engaged in an ongoing property dispute. When the victim approached the suspect at her home witnesses say she chased him with a baseball bat, attempting to strike him. The information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorneys Office and resulted in the felony Aggravate Assault warrant.

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    Warrant Arrest: Jeremy V. Puckett, 33, Boise 

    Warrant Charges: Robbery (F)

    Yesterday the suspect self surrendered at the jail on a felony robbery warrant that had been issued for his arrest at approximately 2:30 p.m.

    The Warrant stems form an incident that took place on March 13th at a home on the 3900 block of North Kilarney street. Witnesses tell Police that at approximately 6:00 a.m. the suspect, who is known to the victim, entered the residence with another man and demanded money with what appeared at the time to be a handgun. The suspects took a laptop and a small amount of cash and fled the scene. The first man was arrested a short distance from the robbery. Detectives later identified Jeremy Puckett as the second man involved in the robbery and the information was routed to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorneys Office. That evidence resulted in the Felony Robbery Warrant.

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Release Prepare By:
Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information