Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quick Thinking 11 year old Foils Burglary; Overnight Felony arrests

09-15-10 Quick Thinking 11 year old Foils Burglary; Overnight Felony arrests

    Boise, Sept. 15, 2010 - Boise Police are crediting a quick thinking 11 year old for helping foil a burglary attempt in the child's home!

  Arrested: Craig J. Getzloff, 44, Boise

   Charges:Burglary (F), Possession of a Controlled substance (Prescription Medications)(F)

  What Happened: Boise Police dispatch received a call from a anxious father reporting that his son was on the phone with him, telling him that a stranger was inside the family's home! Officers were sent to the address, arriving just one-minute after being dispatched. and found the father, who had just arrived home detaining the a man in the backyard. 

    After investigating, officers found the the suspect had reportedly rang the front doorbell of the home, in the area of S Curtis Rd. and Franklin Rd. The child, being home alone did not answer the door for a stranger. However, the boy tells police he watched as the suspect then entered the back yard of the residence and entered the home through an unlocked door. The boy tells police he locked himself in a bedroom and called his dad, who was on his way home from work. The father kep his son on the other line as he called 911. 

    The first officer to arrive at the home found the father, who had just returned, holding the suspect in the backyard of the home. A further search of the suspect was in possession of prescription medications that did not belong to him. Although it doesn't appear the suspect actually took anything from the home, officers believe the suspect entered the home with the intent to commit a theft resulting in the felony burglary charge. The suspect was booked at the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges.

    "This young man did just thing right thing in what had to be a very scary situation," said Officer Cory Stambaugh. "He apparently had been told what to do in an emergency, he kept calm, kept himself safe and immediately called his dad. This young man and his family should be very proud of him today."

    Officers suggest to parents when they decide children are old and mature enough to be home alone to talk to their children frequently about safety and what to do in any emergency that may arise. Officers suggest:

  • Keep all doors locked and not to open the door to a stranger.
  • Make sure children know when and how to dial 911.
  • Make sure children have parents cell phone numbers and, if available, the phone number of a stay-at-home neighbor or other trusted adult to contact if needed.

    Other home safety tips can be found at http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Police/CrimePreventionNeighborhoodWatch/CrimePrevention/index.aspx

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  Arrested: Gale A. Caviness, 45, Boise

   Charges:Possession of a Controlled substance (Prescription Medications)(F)

    Boise Police made contact with the suspect at a retail outlet at Overland and Vista early this morning (September 15th) at approximately 1:00 a.m. Officers had observed the suspect hanging around the store that was closed. As Officers contacted the suspect, she appeared to be confused and repeated herself over and over. A search of the suspect's person revealed several narcotic prescription medications that did not belong to her. The suspect was booked at the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges.

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 Arrested: Heather A. Edmister, 37, Garden City

  Charges:Burglary (F)

   Boise Police responded to a report of a theft at a retail store on the 8200 block of West Fairview yesterday (September 14th) at approximately 6:00 p.m. Store employees tell police that they witnessed the suspect conceal items and then leave the store without paying for them. Officers believe the suspect entered the store with the intent to commit the theft resulting in the burglary charge. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

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

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information