Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Officers ask for help in finding purse thieves - photos attached

05-03-11 Officers ask for help in finding purse thieves - photos attached

    Boise, May 3, 2011 - Boise Police are asking the public's help in identifying two purse snatchers.

    Officers have images from a security video that shows the two thieves spot the purse on a chair in a State Street restaurant, come back for the purse, pick it up and leave.

    What Happened:Boise Police were called Sunday evening, May 1st shortly before 5:00 p.m. by a Payette couple reporting the woman's purse had just been stolen from a restaurant on the 1700 block of W. State Street in Boise's North End.

    The victims tell officers they had just ordered at the counter when the woman went to the restroom and left her purse and a sweater hanging on a chair.

    The restaurant's security video shows a male and female suspect leaving the restaurant after dining there, see and look at the purse as they're walking out. The video then shows the suspects walk back into the restaurant, the male walks toward the back while the woman stands near the purse looking around the restaurant. The female suspect then reaches down, removes the victim's purse from the chair and tucks the purse beneath a white sweatshirt she carried over her left arm. The female suspect then walks out of the restaurant. The male suspect follows just seconds later.

    Suspect Descriptions:

    Female: Light skinned, appears to be in her 20's with long dark hair that appears to be up in a clip and a headband. She's wearing a pink t-shirt, denim capris-style pants and flip flop sandals. She appears about 5'7", 135 lbs.

    Male: dark skinned, approx 25 years old, about 5'10", 200 lbs, wearing a red baseball cap, dark green sweatshirt, long, below the knee checkered or plaid shorts and flip flop sandals. The male may have or go by the name "Nicholas".

    According to witnesses, the suspects came into the restaurant approx 4:00 p.m. Sunday, ordered and ate their meal outside where one or both of the suspects smoked cigarettes. 

    The stolen purse is described as purple/multi-colored with gold sequins. Inside the purse was a cell phone, an iPod along with a wallet including several financial and identification cards.

    Call Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information on the suspects are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.