Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mail boxes stolen; Citizen tip leads to drug arrest; Daily Incident Report

10-12-10 Mail boxes stolen; Citizen tip leads to drug arrest; Daily Incident Report

Arrested: Laura K. Baker, 35, Meridian

Charge: Delivery of a Controlled Substance - meth (F)

    Boise Police officers responded to a citizen tip about drug activity occurring at a home near Gallaher and Leadville Monday morning, Oct. 11th, at approx 8:26 a.m. The citizen gave officers a description of a suspect vehicle believed to be involved in an ongoing drug transaction at the home. As the first officer arrived, he saw a vehicle matching that description, a red Toyota pick up just driving away. The officer followed the vehicle and soon stopped the vehicle for crossing the center line. A police service dog alerted to the pickup. Officers searched and found a black bag reportedly belonging to the suspect, a passenger in the pick up, with contents that included an electronic scale and several ziplock baggies, some baggies containing a white crystal sybstance that tested positive for meth. Based on the evidence, officers arrested the suspect for delivery of meth, a felony.

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Arrested: David O. Castrejon, 23, Boise

Charges: Forgery (F), Driving without privileges (m)

    Boise Police were investigating a report of a battery and searching for a person of interest in that case, identified as David Castrejon. Officers had a description of the vehicle Castrejon was driving. Early this morning, approx 12:43 a.m., an officer on patrol near Kootenai and Abbey Streets saw the vehicle and made a traffic stop. During the stop, the officer found Castrejon's drivers license is suspended. The susepct was arrested for DWP. During a search following the arrest, the officer found the suspect in possession of a Homeland Security Permanent Resident card that further investigation revealed was a forged card the suspect had reported obtained in California. The suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 

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Arrested: Katherine L. Vargas, 57, Boise

Charge: Burglary (F)

    Boise Police were called by employees of a major retail store on the 3500 blk of Federal Way Monday afternoon. The employees told officers they had witnessed a woman, later identified as Vargas, go through the store picking out various food and household items, place them in a shopping cart and leave the store without paying. Officers found evidence the suspect had entered the store with the intention of committing the crime, thus the felony charge. 

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Stolen, Vandalized Mailboxes

    Boise Police are investigating a series of thefts and vandalism that occurred last weekend to residential mailboxes in the neighborhood around Alpine & Orchards Streets. Several residents are reporting their mailboxes either stolen or vandalized, likely sometime Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Some victims say they had outgoing mail in the boxes when the mailbox was stolen. At this time, investigating officers have no suspect information. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or 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 of criminal suspects.

    Crime Prevention experts with Boise Police advise residents to avoid placing outgoing mail that contains checks or gift cards in their home mail boxes, taking the mail to a secure post office mail drop instead. Checks stolen from mailboxes are one way criminals commit identity theft. 

    To learn how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, BPD Crime Prevention experts have a new video with several tips at www.boisepolice.org.