07-19-11 Neighbors get credit for Burg/Theft Arrest; BPD Daily
Boise, July 19, 2011 - "This
story is a great example for all neighborhoods." said Sgt. Randy
Buzzini of the Boise Police Property Crimes Unit. "We're all in
this together when it comes to protecting our neighborhoods."
Arrested:Lysa R. Miley, 39, Boise
Charged: Burglary (F), Grand Theft
What Happened:Boise Police were called
Thursday, July 14th by a resident of a home in the neighborhood
just northwest of W. State St and Harrison Blvd. The resident
reported she had left home for a couple hours and arrived back home
to find the house had been burglarized. The victim found numerous
household items had been taken, including jewelry, silverware, a
backpack and a laptop. The resident told officer the thief may have
entered the home through an unlocked side door.
After contacting police, the victims
made and posted signs around their neighborhood alerting neighbors
of the burglary and asking for any information.
Almost immediately, neighbors began
contacting the victims with information, which they passed onto
officers, including a description of a woman who had been knocking
on doors the afternoon of the burglary asking about a lost cat. The
same woman had later asked neighbors for help jump starting her
car. The flyers also prompted an anonymous phone call to the
victims giving a possible suspect name.
Officers followed up on the information
and Monday morning arrested the suspect at her home several blocks
"This is a great example of how knowing
your neighbors really makes a difference," said Sgt. Buzzini. "When
this couple found their home burglarized, they did everything
right; they called police and they reached out to their neighbors.
The neighbors were alert and had good information that made all the
difference in making an arrest, as well as recovering the victim's
Detectives found the suspect had already
sold some of the stolen property to second hand stores. Thanks to
the quick arrest, officers were able to recover most of the items
stolen from the victims.
At this time, the single home appears to
be the only one burglarized by the suspect the afternoon of the
14th, however, the investigation is ongoing.
"We all can help ourselves and our
neighbors by getting to know each other and paying attention to
what's going on around us," said Sgt. Buzzini. "People who live in
a neighborhood know what type of activity is common and what's not.
It's a huge help to officers when neighbors see something that
appears suspicious or out of the ordinary and call police, or when
a crime does occur, neighbors can provide a good description of
what they saw happen. This is a good example of how valuable alert
neighbors can be!"
The areas where the burglary occurred
does have an active Neighborhood Watch program in place.
Neighborhood Watch:To learn more about
how to make your neighborhood a friendly, SAFE place, contact Boise
Police Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Charlene Miller at
National Night Out!: From block parties
to ice cream socials, National Night Out is a time to heighten
crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen
neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National
Night Out in Boise is Tuesday, August 2nd.
To sign up your neighborhood for a
National Night Out event, log onto:
Boise Celebrates Good
Neighbors!Boise Mayor David Bieter has announced the launch of a
new initiative to highlight Boise's vibrant neighborhoods and the
residents who support them. Called "Boise Celebrates Good
Neighbors," the initiative joins existing events such as National
Night Out with a series of new community activities designed to
bring neighbors together and honor individuals who have made
significant local contributions.
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