Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 29, 2010

Do you know this guy? Police want to talk to him about cashing checks stolen from private mailboxes.

01-29-10 Do you know this guy? Police want to talk to him about cashing checks stolen from private mailboxes.

   Boise, Jan 29, 2010 - Boise Police are hoping citizens can help identify a man seen recently cashing stolen checks. The checks had been stolen from outgoing mail placed in on-street residential mail boxes. The value of each check was several hundred dollars.
Boise Police financial crimes investigators would like to talk to the man, seen in the attached pictures, about how he came to possess the stolen checks.
   The man's most identifying trait seems to be unique tattoos between the thumb and ring finger of each hand. The tattoos appear to be of a five-pointed star. Officers can't confirm if the tattoos are permanent or temporary.
   The man is described as a light skinned male in his early 20's, approx 5'11" - 6' tall, estimated 170 - 190 pounds, with reddish light brown hair. He had long sideburns at the time the checks were cashed. The suspect was also seen wearing a dark hat with a logo on the front and a torn up brim.
   Anyone with information on who this man might be - see attached photos - is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

Crime Prevention Tip:
   Boise Police urge citizens mailing cash, checks, credit cards, or any valuable, to drop the outgoing mail in a secure mailbox or mail collection site.
   Cash or valuables stolen from on-street mailboxes will likely not be recovered, and stolen credit cards or checks may lead to identity theft.
   "This is one of those crimes where a little education can prevent people from becoming a victim, save them a lot of headaches and maybe a lot of money," said Property Crimes Detective Brad Thorne. "Stealing cash, checks or credit cards left unsecured in a mailbox can be another crime of opportunity for a thief."
   Again, officers urge citizens NOT to leave cash, checks, credit cards or valuables unattended in their on-street mailbox, but to use a secure mail drop site instead.