Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Two Arrested after Officers find Stash of Stolen Backpacks

03-03-10 Two Arrested after Officers find Stash of Stolen Backpacks
Arrested: Shannon C. Ferdig, 18, Boise
Charge: Grand Theft (F), Driving without privileges (m)
 
Arrested: Kendall J. Poe, 41, Boise
Charge: Grand Theft (F)
 
   What Happened: Reported Theft of High End Backpacks: Feb. 24, 2010, Boise Police responded to a citizen's call that a cargo trailer had been stolen from a parking lot northeast of Vista & Overland. The trailer contained approx. 100 high end custom made hunting and military backpacks and various accessories, with a total loss estimated at approx . $41,000. According to the trailers owner the theft occurred sometime late Feb 23rd or early Feb 24th.
 
   Leads Develop: Shortly after the theft, officers learned that high end backpacks were being bought and traded around town. Further investigation revealed several potential persons of interest in the backpack thefts.
 
   Suspects Located: Tuesday, March 2nd, at approx 1:00 p.m., a Boise Police investigator recognized one of the persons of interest as the driver of a vehicle that had just made several traffic violations, including a wide turn and cutting across several lanes of traffic on Franklin near the I-184 off ramp. Officers contacted the driver as the car came to a stop in a nearby parking lot. When officers asked for his identification, the driver, Ferdig opened the trunk of the vehicle where several new hunting backpacks were in plain view. Boise Police Property Crimes detectives were called and found the new packs located in Ferdig's vehicle were some of those reported stolen. Ferdig was arrested on the above charges.
 
   About the same time Tuesday afternoon, March 2nd, a citizen called police reporting an abandoned cargo trailer in a lot near the Boise Depot. Investigating officers identified the trailer as being the one reported stolen February 24th. The trailer did not contain any of the backpacks.
 
   Further investigation led officers to a storage shed behind a closed business near the intersection of Vista and Overland early Tuesday evening. The owner gave officers permission to open the shed (the owner of the storage shed is not believed to be involved in the theft). Inside the storage shed officers found several of the stolen backpacks. Officers had evidence the backpacks were placed in the storage shed by Kendall J. Poe. Poe was known to have a suspended driver's license. Officers spotted him driving a pick up near his home at Vista and Overland. Poe was arrested on the above charges.
 
   Investigation Continues: At this time, Boise Police believe they have located approx. 50, or half of the backpacks reported stolen two weeks ago. Boise Police Property Crimes detectives, investigators with the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit and the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, as well as Boise PD patrol officers are all contributing to the ongoing investigation.

 

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Media Advisory:
More Stolen Backpacks Recovered After Media Reports of Theft
 
   Boise, March 4, 2010 - Boise Police Property Crimes detectives recovered more than two dozen stolen backpacks today when a citizen heard a media report on the thefts and realized he has bought some of the stolen items from an acquaintance. The citizen alerted police who identified the backpacks as some of those reported stolen from a cargo trailer late last month. (see news release dated 3-3-10 at www.boisepolice.org for more). The citizen is out the money paid for the backpacks, but officers will add his loss to any victim restitution paid by the suspects if convicted.
 
   Details on the sale of those backpacks is still under investigation. No further charges have been filed.
 
   Boise Police detectives wanted to thank the media for coverage of the crime that led to recovering additional items from the original victim.
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