Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Boise Police Detectives play Santa by returning stolen property to victims today!

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 Thorne.

    The investigative information has been forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorneys office and the suspects may face additional charges. 

 

 

 

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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.

    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 burglaries.

    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 Crimes Unit.

    For more information on how to protect yourself and your valuables, go to the Boise Police Crime Prevention web page at www.boisepolice.org!