03-19-10 UPDATE: Suspects Found; Arson-Vandalism at old armory
- Officers ask public's help
Boise, March 19, 2010 - Thanks to a
citizens tip to Crime Stoppers, Boise Police Property crimes
detectives have located three teenage boys believed responsible for
the vandalism and arson done last weekend that damaged emergency
response equipment belonging to the Boise Fire Department.
"We very much appreciate the public's
help on this case. No one wants to find their property has been
damaged by vandals, but when it's emergency rescue equipment,
that's especially significant since it impacts public safety," said
Det. Craig Nixon of the Boise Police Property Crimes Unit. "The
citizen tip, matched with evidence we gathered at the scene
certainly helped us find who did this."
"It's cooperation from citizens combined with
good police work that really makes an impact on keeping our
neighborhoods safe," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Boise
PD Property Crimes Unit. "We can't stress how valuable citizen
tips like this are, and we thank Crime Stoppers for being there to
help both police and citizens communicate."
Officers say the three suspects are all
age 14 and live in the area of the old armory where the crime
occurred. The investigation is continuing, but officers say they
will charge the teens with felony burglary, felony arson and felony
malicious injury to property. In addition, the boy's parents could
be held responsible for repaying money spent to repair the items
Boise, March 15, 2010 - Boise Police are
asking the public's help in finding those responsible for an
estimated $5,000 in damage to emergency vehicles and equipment
belonging to the Boise Fire Department. The same suspects are
believed responsible for setting fire to items stored inside the
"Like in any vandalism, somebody's going to
have to pay to repair and restore the items damaged. In this case,
it's the City of Boise taxpayers," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the
Boise Police Property Crimes Unit. "This destruction is senseless
along with expensive. We're going to do all we can to find those
who did it and hold them accountable."
Likely happened Sunday afternoon: Boise
Police investigators believe the damage was done Sunday afternoon,
March 14th inside the old armory building on the 700 blk of Reserve
Street. The armory building has been vacant for some time and is
used for training and storage for city equipment.
Smoke coming from the armory: The damage
was discovered at approx 6:00 p.m. Sunday when two passersby
noticed smoke coming from inside the armory. The witnesses quickly
alerted firefighters just next door at Boise Fire Station #1. When
fire crews responded they found two small fires inside the building
which were quickly extinguished.
Fire equipment damaged: However,
firefighters also saw other damage to fire equipment stored inside
the armory. Damage includes a broken windshield and winch on a
truck used to pull a fire department dive rescue boat, one of the
pontoons on the dive rescue boat had been deflated, and the back of
the truck storage area had been opened and ransacked. Gas cans had
been taken from the vehicles and believed used to start two small
fires inside the building. The vandals burned desks and other items
also stored inside the armory. Investigating officers found no
signs of forced entry into the armory. How the vandals got into the
building is still under investigation.
***Firefighters say the dive rescue
equipment that was damaged is reserve equipment and does not hamper
in any way any emergency response that may involved the Boise Fire
Dive Rescue Team.
"We have a lot of investigating to
do ourselves, to see what all has been damaged and what is
missing," said Battalion Chief Tom Pawek of the Boise Fire
Department. "We'll do our best to clean up and repair what we can.
And while this is back up equipment, it is essential for public
safety, so it will have to be replaced or repaired."
Suspect Info: At this time, Boise Police
investigators have evidence that two males may be responsible for
the damage. The investigation is continuing, but at this time, no
further suspect information is available for release.
Crime Stoppers:If anyone has any
information on who may be responsible for the vandalism, they're
urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto
www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.