09-12-11 Officers ask citizens help in finding vandalism
Boise, Sept. 12, 2011 - Boise Police are
citizens help in finding who might be responsible for the vandalism
of numerous "No Trespassing" signs along a privately owned canal
bank in Northwest Boise.
What Happened: Boise Police were
notified by property owners that 15 "No Trespassing" signs and
numerous orange property markers were spray painted over with black
spray paint sometime in mid-August, likely between August 18th and
19th. The signs are important in educating citizens that the canal
banks are not public property and anyone trespassing along can be
cited by police.
Felony Vandalism:The signs vandalized
stretch along the canal from Gary Lane east to near Castle Drive
and E. Hill Rd. The Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer for
the area, Officer Guy Bourgeau says the property damage done to the
number of signs makes the crime a felony.
Background:This segment of canal has
been a point of contention in the neighborhood for the past couple
years after some homeowners who own property beyond their backyards
and up to the canal bank complained of noise, litter and other
disturbing conduct from some citizens using the private property as
a place to walk, jog or ride bikes.
At that time, in early September, 2009,
the Farmers Union Ditch Company, which maintains the irrigation ditch, posted large red
and white "No Trespassing" signs at entrances to the ditch road at
Castle Drive and at N. Pierce Park Lane.
Since then, neighbors have occasionally
called police about problem trespassers. However, officers have
only issued a couple citations as violators are gone by the time
"Nothing has changed in the past couple
years. The area has to be respected as private property. The owners
wish to restrict access, have the area properly posted, and are
within their rights to do that," said Officer Bourgeau.
Crime Stoppers:Anyone with information
on who may have vandalized the signs is 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.