Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Police Service Dog finds Burglary Suspect; Daily Incident Report

11-01-10 Police Service Dog finds Burglary Suspect; Daily Incident Report

Arrested: David Andrew Orr, 43, Boise

Charges: Burglary (F), Grand Theft (F), Resisting & Obstructing Officers (m)

    Boise Police were called to a vehicle burglary at a business on S. Orchard St shortly after 10:00 p.m. last night, Monday, Nov. 1st. When officers arrived they found the victim who said he was inside the business when he heard a loud crash. The victim told officers when he heard the noise he looked outside and saw the passenger side window of his vehicle had been broken and a man was running away. The victim saw the suspect drive off in a white pick up truck. The victim was able to provide officers with a detailed description of the suspect's pick up, including a license plate number. The victim reported a guitar, an amplifier and a lap top computer had been taken from his vehicle, items valued at more than $3,400.

    Officers followed up on the suspect vehicle description. They later found the pick up parked at a home southeast of Beacon St & Boise Ave. As officers arrived, a woman walked outside. She told officers the owner of the suspect vehicle, Orr was inside the home in a back bedroom. Two other older women were also inside. Officers made sure everyone got out of the home safely, then tried repeatedly to contact the suspect via telephone then a loudspeaker. The suspect refused to come outside so officers went in. 

    Officers deployed a police service dog who quickly found the suspect behind a closed bedroom door hiding in a closet. The suspect still refused to come out of hiding despite the fact officers could visually see him in the closet and despite repeated warnings by the officers the service dog would be sent in and would bite him. Because of the threat to officer safety posed by the suspect's repeated refusals to peacefully surrender and show his hands, officers deployed the service dog. The dog bit the suspect, causing the suspect to emerge from the closet. The suspect was taken into custody and treated by medical personnel for bite wounds to his arm. He was later booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 

    While searching the suspect's home officers found the items stolen from the victim's vehicle. Officers were able to return the stolen items to the rightful owner.

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Arrested: James E. Steele, 19, Boise

Charge: Burglary (F)

    On Oct. 15, 2010, Boise Police were called to a neighborhood near E. Burgeson St & Law Ave. when several residents reported items had been stolen from their cars overnight. There's evidence that at least some of the vehicles were left parked on the street unlocked. Patrol officers were able to get detailed descriptions from victims as to what items were stolen, including a new GPS device. Boise Police property crimes detectives took over the investigation and were able to locate the GPS device, finding it had apparently been sold to a third party. Officers were able to identify the person who allegedly sold the stolen device as the suspect, James Steele. Officers located Steele at his north Boise home. Further evidence was collected and Steele was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the felony charge of burglary connected to the vehicle break-ins.  

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Crime Prevention Tip:

    Boise Police urge citizens to take steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.

  • Lock vehicles at all times, especially when parked in public places, including driveways.
  • Don't leave valuables inside vehicles, particularly on a seat or the dash where they are visible and may tempt a thief.
  • Keep homes and businesses well lit at night.
  • Keep landscaping trimmed and neat, limiting hiding places for would-be thieves.