Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, September 19, 2010

UPDATE: Internet Robbery Suspects Arrested trying to Repeat the Crime

09-19-10 UPDATE: Internet Robbery Suspects Arrested trying to Repeat the Crime

    UPDATE: Boise, Sept. 19, 2010 - Boise Police have arrested the third man believed to be involved in the robbery of a man responding to a Criagslist ad earlier this month. 

    Arrested: Michael Shawn Corbett, 21, Meridian

    Charges (Boise PD): Robbery (F), Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (F)

    Please see release below dated Sept. 6th (robbery occurred Sept. 5) for details. Corbett was arrested Friday evening in Meridian by Boise Police and faces the above charges in connection with the Sept. 5th robbery. 

   Again, Boise Police suggest citizens take steps to protect themselves when buying or selling items on Internet commerce sites. Those safety tips are also listed below.

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   Boise, Sept. 17, 2010 - Thanks to quick response by employees of the Ada County Sheriff's Office, Garden City Police, Boise Police and members of the Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, two suspects were arrested last night and charged with Robbery in connection with a crime that occurred in Boise Sunday, Sept. 5th (see news release below). In the Sept. 5th incident, three men robbed a man at gunpoint after he showed up to buy an item advertised on the Internet.

   "These guys were armed and dangerous and apparently looking to lure another victim. It was a great effort on behalf of everyone involved last night to get these suspects in custody," said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Violent Crimes Unit.

    "We also had tremendous response in our call to the community for tips and information following the robbery last week. Citizens in the community were anxious for us to find the suspects, and today we can thank all involved who helped make that happen." said Sgt. Barnett. 

    Arrested: Dominic D. Hinton, 20, Boise

    Charge (Boise PD): Robbery, 1 ct

    Arrested: Roman Nazarko, 19, Caldwell

    Charge (Boise PD): Robbery, 1 ct

     The two suspects were arrested last night shortly after 10:00 p.m. after allegedly trying to commit a similar crime in Garden City (se GCPD release pasted below). 

    Additional Suspects:Sgt. Barnett says Boise Police investigators believe additional suspects may have been involved in the Sept. 5th robbery who are not yet in custody. Boise Police say more arrests are possible in this case. 

    Officers continue to urge anyone with any information on the crimes and possible suspects involved to callCrime Stoppersat 343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminal suspects.

    Crime Prevention /Safety tips

    Boise Police suggest the following for safety when buying items over Craigslist or other Internet classified sites:

  • Bring another person along when buying from an unknown seller.
  • Meet in a brightly lit, crowded public place for smaller items. 
  • Unless absolutely necessary, do not agree to meet the seller at your home or their home. 
  • Keep records of the sellers name, phone number, and e-mail address.

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Released today, Sept. 17th,  by Garden City Police

PRESS RELEASE……………..PRESS RELEASE……………PRESS RELEASE  

On Thursday September 16th, 2010 at approximately 10:02 PM Garden City Police responded to a report of suspicious circumstances at 6650 Glenwood.   The reporting party in this case had been communicating with a person who had posted an advertisement on Craig's List, offering a laptop computer for sale.  They had agreed to meet at this location and time, in order to conclude the transaction for the advertised property.   

After arriving at the Glenwood address, and while talking on the phone with the seller, the reporting party was being told by the seller that they would be walking out to meet him, and could soon be found sitting on a rock near a gate adjacent to the Glenwood address.  The reporting party saw a male subject dressed in a pullover hooded sweatshirt already sitting on the rock the seller was describing.  The caller became suspicious of this, and felt he may be the intended victim of criminal activity, thereby contacting Police.

Garden City Police responded to the address.  As Officers approached the male seated on the rock, he fled on foot away from them.  As Police began chasing this man, another male appeared nearby, who also fled on foot.  The first subject was apprehended almost immediately.  The second male soon returned to the scene in a vehicle, and was apprehended at that time.  The subsequent investigation concluded that the two men had intended to commit an armed robbery of the caller.  The suspects were in possession of  stolen property and other materials that were to be used in the robbery.  

The two males arrested were identified as 20 year old Dominic C. Hinton, and 19 year old Roman Nazarko.  Both were charged with felony robbery, as well as other criminal offenses.   They were booked into the Ada County Jail.  

Normally the identities of victims and witnesses associated with crimes are not released.  In this case, however, the intended purchaser of the laptop computer was Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney.  The Sheriff advises he is willing to share his experience in hopes of helping others avoid a similar situation.  The Sheriff's Public Information Officer, Andrea Dearden, can be reached at 208-870-7837.

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Original Boise Police Release, Sept. 6th, 2010:

    Boise, Sept. 6, 2010, 11:00 p.m. - Boise Police are investigating after a man reports being robbed by three men after he responded to an ad off Craigslist.

    What Happened:Boise Police were called tonight at 9:28 p.m. by a man who says he was robbed when he showed up to buy an iPad that was listed for sale on the Internet site Criaglist. The Nampa man tells officers he had been communicating with the "seller" via e-mail for the past couple days when he was asked to show up tonight with several hundred dollars cash to buy the iPad. The victim says he was asked to meet the seller on the street on Lakeharbor Ln just off the 5000 blk of W. State Street near an apartment complex. 

    Officers are told by the victim that he arrived at the agreed upon location and parked and soon saw a young man walk toward him. The victim says when the man got a few feet away, two other men quickly showed up behind the first, both carrying handguns. The three men demanded the victim's cash and his cell phone. The victim says he last saw the men run toward the apartment complex. 

    The area where the crime reportedly occurred is very dark and dimly lit. The victim was able to get to a nearby business to call police. 

    Suspect descriptions:The first suspect (the young man who first walked up to the victim) is described as a light-skinned, young looking male who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20's, 5'6" - 5'7" tall, medium build, no facial hair, wearing a black hoodie.

    The other two suspects are also described as light-skinned, young-looking males who appeared to be in their late teens or early 20's. They both appeared taller than the first suspect, 5'8" - 5'10" tall with grey scarves oves.

    Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

      Crime Prevention /Safety tips

    Boise Police suggest the following for safety when buying items over Craigslist or other Internet classified sites:

  • Bring another person along when buying from an unknown seller.
  • Meet in a brightly lit, crowded public place for smaller items. 
  • Unless absolutely necessary, do not agree to meet the seller at your home or their home. 
  • Keep records of the sellers name, phone number, and e-mail address.