Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

12-02-09 Arrests in Serial Burglary Case

12-02-09 Arrests in Serial Burglary Case

    Dec, 2, 2009 - Boise Police have arrested three people believed connected to a string of commercial burglaries that not only left businesses with lost cash and computers, but also trashed with thousands of dollars property damage.

    Arrested: Michael D. Westman, 26, Boise

    Charges: 10 counts of Burglary (F)

    Arrested: Larry M. Clifford, 25, Boise

    Charges: 10 counts of Burglary (F)

    Arrested: Kayla M. Miller, 21, Boise

    Charges: 2 counts of Criminal Conspiracy (F)

    What happened: Early this morning, December 2nd, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Boise Police Detectives arrested the three suspects for their involvement in a series of commercial burglaries that had taken place over the last three months in Boise City. 

    Detectives have evidence that the suspects worked together to burglarize at least ten commercial businesses. Detectives believe the suspects may also be responsible for at least ten other similar burglaries in Boise and possibly several others elsewhere in Ada County.

    "The individuals not only stole property, they also did a lot of property damage to these businesses," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the BPD Property Crimes Unit.

    "We believe the property damage to the businesses is larger than the value of the items stolen." said Sgt. Buzzini.

    Detectives say the suspects would break into businesses through glass front doors or windows, take items like computers and cash, leave the business ransacked, then break through a wall to enter an adjacent business. 4 - 5 adjacent businesses would be hit by the burglars at the same time in the same building.

    Detectives estimate the theft losses to the businesses at approx. $10,000. Property damage left behind is estimated at approx $15,000.

    The businesses involved did not have alarms systems.

    "Alarms would have helped provide additional security to the businesses and possibly aided in making quicker arrests." said Sgt. Buzzini. "An alarm system in a business, even a simple audible alarm may not prevent the initial break in, but it is certainly a deterrent to thieves from staying inside very long."

    Detectives estimate the thieves were inside the businesses up to 3 hours at a time looking for items to steal and causing damage.

    Sgt. Buzzini says some of the items taken in recent burglaries has been recovered, including several lap tops, modems and hard drives. However detectives have learned much of the stolen property was traded for drugs and likely will not be found.