03-03-10 Two Arrested after Officers find Stash of Stolen
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.
More Stolen Backpacks Recovered After Media Reports of
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.