Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, April 17, 2011

UPDATE: ARREST - Fairview Ave. Armed Robbery

04-17-11 UPDATE: ARREST - Fairview Ave. Armed Robbery

    Boise. April 17, 2011 - UPDATE: Boise Police have arrested a man and charged him with the bank robbery that occurred Friday, April 15th on the 6000 blk of Fairview Ave. 

    Arrested: Christopher A. Shilts, 34, Boise

    Charge: Robbery (F)

    Boise Police received a citizen tip that led them to investigate Shilts possible involvement in Friday's robbery. Boise Police detectives were able to uncover evidence that led to Shilts's arrest at his home late Saturday night. Shilts's home in just blocks away from the bank he's accused of robbing. While investigating, officers also learned the suspect is on federal parole for felony crimes in Utah.  

    "We are very fortunate to live in a community that values safety. Citizens trust officers with their tips, and trust that officers will follow up," said Capt. Bill Bones of the Boise Police Criminal Investigation Division. "We appreciate the citizen's tip and the patrol officers and detectives who acted quickly and did an excellent job working together to make this arrest."

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Boise, April 15th, 2011 -Boise Police detectives hope this photo could help identify the man who robbed a bank at approximately noon today.

    Suspect Description: 

  • Witnesses describe the suspect as a light skinned adult male with a thin build approximately 5"8 to 5"9 possibly in his 30's.
  • The suspect was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt with blue jeans and a black mask with sunglasses. The suspect may have been carrying a black backpack at the time.
  • The suspect was last seen leaving the bank on foot.

    What Happened:At approximately noon today a man entered the Idaho Banking Company on the 6000 block of west Fairview, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. No one was injured in the robbery. The man was last seen fleeing the area with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Anyone with information is urged to call police non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.