Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 26, 2010

Alert Retailers help Boise Police stop Retail Fraud Ring; weekend felony arrests

07-26-10 Alert Retailers help Boise Police stop Retail Fraud Ring; weekend felony arrests

          Boise, July 26, 2010 - Boise Police arrested three people the day after they flew into Boise from California. All are charged with burglary for trying to use fraudulent credit cars to defraud local merchants of thousands of dollars.

           "We work constantly and closely with local retailers to let them know what to be on the lookout for when someone may be trying to commit a crime," said Curt Crum, Supervisor of the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit and the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit.

           "We appreciate the retailers cooperation and they're happy to work with us. These types of crimes cost retailers billions each year and we all pay for it in higher prices. We all have an interest in stopping retail fraud, so kudos to the alert employees who spotted these suspicious cards." said Crum.

Arrested: Reina E. Rodriguez, 19, Oakland, CA

Charges: Burglary (F), 4 counts

 

Arrested: Aleshia C. Gant, 22, Oakland, CA

Charge: Burglary (F), 4 counts

 

Arrested: Gregory L. Jefferson 2nd, 28, Berkley, CA

Charge: Burglary (F), 4 counts

           Investigators with the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit received a call from a manager of a major retail outlet in west Boise Friday morning, July 23rd.  The manager alerted Boise Police investigators that the suspects had just tried using credit cards to purchase gift cards totaling several hundred dollars. The store employee said the purchase did not go through and the cards were suspected to be fraudulent. Witnesses were able to give investigators a description of the car the three suspects drove away in.

           Boise Police investigators quickly located the car and followed the suspects to another major retail center near Franklin and Milwaukee. Detectives observed the suspects then use the fraudulent credit cards to attempt to purchase gift cards at three other retailers. The suspects were successful in a $2,000 purchase, but their attempts to purchase additional gift cards worth several thousand dollars more failed.

           After investigators witnessed the fraud, the suspects were contacted in their vehicle in a nearby parking lot and arrested on the above charges. Further investigation revealed to detectives that the three suspects had just flown into Boise the day before from the Bay Area of northern California. The car they were found driving was found to be a rental car.

           As these crimes are still under investigation, further details are not available at this time.

Investigators with the Boise Police Department Organized Retail Crime Unit have developed a positive, productive working relationship with loss prevention agents and management from many local retail stores, large and small, local and national chains. The goal is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can impact consumer prices.

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Arrested: Steven R. Hanselman, 21, Boise

Arrested: Shawn L. Sherman, 27, Boise

Charges: Burglary (F)

Boise Police were contacted by employees of a retailer on the 8300 blk of W. Overland Rd. Friday afternoon. The store employees reported two men, later identified as the suspects, had left the store without paying for several items, including a folding knife and several video games. When officers arrived, one of the suspects was being detained by store loss prevention agents. Using witness descriptions, officers soon found the second suspect in a nearby store. Both were arrested on burglary charges after officers found evidence they believe indicated the suspects entered the store with the intention of committing a crime.

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Arrested: Dewayne Watson, 22, Nampa

Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance - meth (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Failure to purchase a drivers license (m)

           A Boise Police patrol officer stopped to contact a man seen sitting in a stopped vehicle near Morris Hill and Chambers Saturday morning, July 24th. The officer had witnessed the man driving the car just a short time prior to making contact. The man, later identified as the suspect Watson, gave the officer an Idaho ID cards. The officer checked with records and found the man had not had a valid drivers license since June, 2009. A Boise Police canine then alerted to the vehicle, specifically the car's glove box. The suspect allowed officers to search the glove box, where they found a glass pipe with white residue inside, the type typically used for smoking methamphetamine, and a small plastic baggie containing approx .33 oz. of a white powder that field tested positive for meth. Other items including a scale were also found. The suspect was arrested on the above charge and taken to the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Brian Bernard Swann, 45, Boise

Charge: Aggravated Assault (F), Carrying a concealed weapon (m)

           Boise Police were called to a home in the neighborhood southeast of Emerald and Orchard Saturday night approx 9:18 p.m. The victim had told police dispatch she had been threatened with a knife by an acquaintance following a dispute. The victim was able to give dispatchers a description of the suspect who had just left the home.

           A Boise Police patrol officer responding to the call saw a man walking nearby who fit the description given by the victim. The man was stopped and questioned and soon identified as the suspect. He was found to be carrying the knife concealed in a backpack. The was arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Samuel R. Kissee, 18, Boise

Charge: Possession of a controlled substance - MDMA (ecstacy) (F)

           A Boise Police patrol officer saw a car diving near Kootenai and Roosevelt streets late Saturday night, approx 10:27 p.m. The officer noticed the car had no front license plate (a violation of ISC 49-428). The officer made a traffic stop, and as he approached the car he noticed the driver's movements that appeared to be trying to hide something in the back seat. The driver and only occupant of the car, the suspect Kissee, allowed the officer to search the vehicle. The officer found a small plastic container containing approx a dozen tablets that field tested positive for MDMA, commonly known as ecstacy. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge.

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Arrested: Alexander J. Fultz, 22, Boise

Charges: Burglary (F), Possession of marijuana (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

           Boise Police received a call from two private security guards who were detaining a man they said they had witnessed break into a parked car in the area of Emerald and Rifleman streets. When officers arrived they found the suspect, Fultz in possession of a burglary tool. A search of the suspect following his arrest also found him to be in possession of a small amount (less than one gram) of marijuana and a glass pipe. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.