12-23-10 Boise Police Detectives play Santa by returning
stolen property to victims today!
This morning Boise Police Detectives had
the privilege of playing Santa a couple days early this holiday
season. Two suspects involved in a string of burglaries have been
tied to 10 cases with approximately 13 victims, including home
burglaries, vehicle burglaries, mail theft and the fraudulent use
of credit cards. Today, victims will reclaim some of their stolen
property at Boise Police Headquarters (see attached photos).
Victims are receiving televisions, jewelry and other personal items
taken during the crimes.
"It always gives us a feeling of
accomplishment and satisfaction when we can successfully
investigate a crime, then return the victims property to them. Its
a little bit like playing Santa!" says Boise Police Detective Brad
The investigative information has been
forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorneys office and the
suspects may face additional charges.
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121010 Quick response by burglary victim helps officers make
arrests; witnesses stop vandalism of sculpture; BPD daily incident
Arrested: Kristine M. Quintana, 22, Boise
Charges:Burglary (F), Fraudulent use of a Credit Card (F), Grand
Theft (F), Warrant for Grand Theft by Possession (F)
Arrested: Shauntel C. King, 18, Boise
Charges:Burglary (F), Fraudulent use of a Credit Card (F)
Boise Police were called to a home near
Emerald St and N. Cole Rd. Thursday, Dec. 9th at approx 11;20 a.m.
by a citizen reporting a burglary that had just occurred. The
victims told officers they had gone to the store for approx. 30
minutes. During that time the victim said, their home had been
broken into, ransacked and burglarized. The victims found a small
window had been broken out apparently by the burglars that allowed
the thieves entry into the home. Several items including jewelry
and a flat screen TV had been taken. Officers located a neighbor
who said she had seen a newer model white car with tinted windows
speeding out of the neighborhood.
A short time later, the victim called
the investigating officers and reported that credit cards stolen
during the burglary were being used at various stores around
Boise Police patrol officers and
financial crimes detectives were able to use evidence from the
retail stores, develop leads, and eventually identify the residence
of the suspect Quintana. Detectives obtained a search warrant for
the residence near Franklin Road and N. Orchard Street. Inside the
home, officers found both suspects and numerous items taken during
the home burglary that morning, as well as evidence the suspects
had used the stolen credit cards to purchase items at a Boise
retailer before the card could be reported stolen.
Both suspects were booked on the above
charges. Quintana was also found to have a previous warrant for her
arrest in connection with using a different stolen credit card.
Detectives say the suspects remain under
investigation and may be connected to several other home
Officers say the victim's list of serial
and account numbers paid off.
"This citizen, although unfortunately
the victim of a burglary, had thought ahead and documented all his
credit card account numbers. He immediately reported those stolen
to his bank and then the bank could immediately track where those
cards were being used. Officers jumped on that lead, developed
others, and were quickly able to identify the suspects. In this
case, it really helped that the victim was organized and had an
accounting of his stolen items. It helped officers find, not only
the suspects, but the victim's property and the officers were able
to return that stolen property to him before the day was out." said
Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Boise Police Property and Financial
For more information on how to protect
yourself and your valuables, go to the Boise Police Crime
Prevention web page at www.boisepolice.org!