Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Officers Arrest Teen for Vandalism including Schools, a Church, and damage done by burning American flags

09-23-10 Officers Arrest Teen for Vandalism including Schools, a Church, and damage done by burning American flags

    Boise, Sept. 23, 2010 - Boise Police, while provided extra patrol to west Boise neighborhoods following continuing reports of vandalism, last night arrested a teenager and charged him with felony vandalism. Officers believe the same suspect is responsible for repeated damage to numerous properties including schools, a church and neighborhood parks, and damage done by burning American flags.

    "A lot of us in the community have been concerned about these repeated crimes that damaged community gathering places likes schools, parks and a church. Officers used information given from victims and others to piece together evidence. Eventually, it took officers some long hours and good detective work to find our suspect," said Boise Police Capt. Randy Roper. 

    "We know these crimes have been damaging, not only to property, but to the victims who had to see the damage and work to repair it. Vandalism and graffiti don't just damage buildings, signs and fences. It can affect a community's sense of safety. We have to thank the victims for reporting the crimes quickly so officers could do their job, make an arrest, and bring an end to this crime spree." said Capt. Roper 

    Arrested: Alejandro S. Andonaegui, 18, Boise

    Charge: Malicious Injury to Property (F)

    What Happened: Boise Police, including officers from patrol, property crimes, neighborhood contact officers and school resource officers have been investigating numerous reports of vandalism done by spray paint to several west Boise locations near Eagle Rd & McMillan, McMilland & Cloverdale and Cloverdale & Ustick. Some of the spray paint damaged artwork and murals at the schools.

    Property reported damaged over the last two weeks includes:

 - repeat damage to Gateway Elementary, Pioneer Elem., Lowell Scott Middle School

 - repeat damage at a W. Boise church

 - a neighborhood basketball court

 - two neighborhood parks

 - a road and utility boxes, property of the Ada County Highway District

 - the entrances to two area subdivisions

    Two Boise Police School Resource Officers who were providing extra nighttime patrols the neighborhoods hard hit by the vandalism, saw a young man riding a bike on the grounds of Pioneer Elementary approx. 9:00 p.m. last night. The officers stopped to talk to the man and saw he was carrying a backpack and wearing gloves. The officers could hear the obvious sounds of a ball inside a spray paint can coming from inside the man's backpack.

    Further investigation, which went into the early hours of this morning, led officers to additional evidence linking the man on the bike, Andonaegui, to ALL the reported cases of vandalism listed above.

    Officers found the suspect, Andonaegui lives in the area where the crimes occurred. He is not believed to be a student at this time. During questioning, officers did learn possible motives for the crimes, however that information, along with further details of evidence gathered cannot be released by police pending upcoming court proceedings.

    During their investigation, officers also found evidence the flags believed to have been burned by Andonaegui on the school grounds and at the entrance to a nearby subdivision, were stolen from nearby homes. At this time, Neighborhood Contact Officers are in the area hoping to identify those victims. If someone in the W. Boise area has had a flag stolen in the past couple weeks and have not reported the crime, officers ask victim to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.