Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, September 17, 2010

School Vandalism remains under Investigation

09-17-10 School Vandalism remains under Investigation

    Boise, Sept. 17, 2010 - Boise Police are scouring the neighborhoods around three west Boise schools looking for surveillance video that might further the investigation and help positively identify those responsible for recent vandalism, including a flag burning at one of the schools one week ago.

    Boise Police were called to Gateway School on the 10000 blk of W. McMillan Rd after school officials reported finding a burned flag on the grounds and spray painting on the school property. The vandalism is believed to have occurred Friday, Sept. 10th and/or Saturday, Sept. 11th. Over the same weekend, vandalism was also report at two nearby schools; Pioneer Elementary and Lowell Scott Middle School.

    "We've had a lot of tips and a lot of concern about these crimes from the community. We're doing all we can to learn more about what happened and find those responsible," said Det Todd Bilbo, a Boise Police School Resource Officer helping lead the investigation.

    "We also want to thank those in our community who have come forward and offered to help with increasing the reward. It's often a tip from a citizen, even an anonymous tip that helps pull an investigation together. A reward may prompt someone who knows something to do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers." said Det. Bilbo.

    Officers are urging anyone in the community with any information on the crimes or possible suspects to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminal suspects.