Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, September 12, 2011

Officers ask citizens help in finding vandalism suspects

09-12-11 Officers ask citizens help in finding vandalism suspects

    Boise, Sept. 12, 2011 - Boise Police are asking 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. 

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    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 police arrive. 

    "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.