Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, December 10, 2010

Quick response by burglary victim helps officers make arrests; witnesses stop vandalism of sculpture; BPD daily incident report

121010 Quick response by burglary victim helps officers make arrests; witnesses stop vandalism of sculpture; BPD daily incident report

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!

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Arrested: Alexander J. Seader, 62, transient
Charge: Malicious Injury to Property, ISC 18-7001

    Boise Police were called by a citizen Thursday afternoon at 1:34 p.m. to respond to a vandalism in progress. The caller told police dispatchers he had just witnessed a man vandalize a large metal sculpture by writing on it with red marker. The sculpture was on a trailer parked in front of a restaurant on the 200 blk of N. 8th Street. The sculpture is titled "Liberty Let's Role" and was done by a Boise artist. The piece was on display as part of a national tour.

    As one citizen witness called police, a second citizen also witnessed the vandalism and pulled the suspect down off the trailer and away from the sculpture. The witness later told officers the suspect made a threatening remark to him before the suspect walked away.

    Thanks to a description of the suspect given by witnesses, officers found the man walking a short distance away. The suspect was found in possession of a red marker. Damage to the sculpture is estimated to be approx $2,000. The suspect was arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Michael C. Littlefield, 23, transient
Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance - heroin (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Warrant Failure to Appear (m)

    Boise Police were called to investigate possible drug activity at a home near W. Hill Rd. and N. 15th Street, Thursday evening, Dec. 9th. When officers arrive at the home, they received permission to search the home. Suspect Littlefield was found inside the home and in possession of two small plastic baggies containing residue of a brown tar-like substance which field tested positive for heroin. The suspect was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested and booked on the above charges.