Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Neighbors get credit for Burg/Theft Arrest; BPD Daily Incident Report

07-19-11 Neighbors get credit for Burg/Theft Arrest; BPD Daily Incident Report

    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 (F)

    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 away.

    "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 property."

    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.

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    Neighborhood Watch:To learn more about how to make your neighborhood a friendly, SAFE place, contact Boise Police Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Charlene Miller at cmillera@cityofboise.org.

    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:

    http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Police/PDF/2011NationalNightOutRegistrationForm.pdf

      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. 

    Lerns more at: http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Mayor/NewsReleases/2011/page65544.aspx