Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Arrest after infant found with broken bones; retail fraud, meth possession; daily incident report

09-30-10 Arrest after infant found with broken bones; retail fraud, meth possession; daily incident report

    Boise, Sept. 30, 2010 - Boise Police make an arrest after a child is hospitalized with several broken bones, including bones in both legs; A NW retail fraud ring is busted; and a traffic stop finds a driver with a felony drug warrant and leads to new drug charges.

 

    Arrested: Shayne R. West, 21, Boise

    Charge: Injury to a Child (F)

    Boise Police were called by witnesses to a local hospital Sunday, Sept. 26th. Officers found a three-month-old child with multiple injuries, including bruises and several broken bones. Further investigation led officers to learn the injuries were suffered by the child while in the care of the suspect at a west Boise home. The child was apparently taken to the hospital by the suspect and relatives of the child. The child is well known to the suspect.

    Detectives with the Boise Police Special Victims Unit, working with the Ada County Prosecutors, obtained a warrant for the suspects arrest on Wednesday. The suspect turned himself into the Ada County Jail a short time later.

    For the protection of the child, it is the policy of Boise Police not to publicly identify victims of child abuse in news releases. Child custody information is also protected by law.

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    Arrested: Sarah Christine Marie Copeland, 27, Bothell, WA

    Arrested: Travis C. Villareal, 24, Tukwila, WA

    Charge (both): Burglary (F)

    Boise Police were called by store employees Wednesday to a retail outlet on Milwaukee Street. Store employees shared with officers evidence that showed the suspect Copeland had fraudulently purchased several items in the store valued at several hundred dollars. Officers soon found the suspect Villareal in a car in the store parking lot. Further investigation led officers to believe the two suspects were working together. Inside Villareal's car, officers found numerous items similar to the one that had just been fraudulently obtained by the suspects. Officers found evidence those items too had been fraudulently purchased at other retail stores from elsewhere in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Officers believe the suspects were using fake identification as well as part of the retail fraud scheme. The investigation continues and officers say additional charges against both suspects are likely.

    Officers have evidence  the suspects were fraudulently obtaining the items then re-selling them for profit on Internet commerce sites, and would then use the money to purchase meth.

    Officers from Boise Police patrol and the Boise PD Organized Retail Theft Unit responded. Investigators with the Boise Police Department Organized Retail Theft Unit have developed a positive, productive working relationship with loss prevention agents 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: Kevin T. McCann, 53, Boise

    Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance Violation (F), Controlled Substance Violation - warrant (F)

    A Boise Police officer saw a vehicle fail to signal while making a turn early this morning, approx 1:00 a.m.. The officer conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Pacific and Overland. The officers found the driver of the vehicle, McCann had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  He was arrested on the warrant. A Boise Police drug detection service dog was called. The dog alerted officers that the suspect may be in possession of illegal drugs. A  search of the suspect found him to be on possession of a small plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance that field tested positive for approx 3 grams of meth. The suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail on the warrant and the new drug charge.