02-03-10 Police urge gun owners to protect weapons after felon
is found with stolen guns
Boise, Feb 3, 2010 - Boise Police have
identified several of the firearms in possession of a convicted
felon as stolen. Police reports linked to the weapons to guns were
stolen from vehicles parked throughout the city in recent
Boise Police say this case is a good reminder
not to leave firearms or other valuables in vehicles.
Background: Boise Police arrested
Anthony L. Ashley, 49 of Boise at his home Monday after officers
received information Ashley, a convicted felon, had several weapons
in his Pueblo Street home.
Boise Police found Ashley has a felony
criminal record going back to 1980, including robbery and weapons
violations in Wisconsin, Arizona, California and Idaho. During a
search of Ashley's home Monday, officers found 16 handguns, 2
shotguns, 2 rifles, 5,000 rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof
vest. As a convicted felon, possession of all these items is a
violation of state and/or federal law.
Further Investigation: Further
investigation by the Boise Police Gang unit determined five of the
firearms found in Ashley's home were stolen from vehicles parked in
the Boise area over the last few months. The value of just these
five firearms is approx $4,500.
"Gang detectives want to remind citizens
that leaving weapons in a vehicle, even in a locked vehicle, is a
risk no one should take," said Sgt. Jeff Basterrechea, of the Boise
Police Gang Unit.
"A stolen weapon means one more weapon
in the hands of a criminal. The theft is a loss for the owner, but
even more worrisome, a stolen firearm means another potential
threat to public safety," said Sgt. Basterrechea.
Officers are still investigating how
Ashley came into possession of the rest of the firearms and
Boise Police offer gun owners the following safety tips:
- Do not leave firearms (or any other valuable) unattended in a
- Keep all weapons in a secure area, away from children and
- Do a complete inventory of all firearms in case of loss. Keep
the inventory in a secure place.