Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Officers Hope to ID Change Machine Thieves

12-21-11 Officers Hope to ID Change Machine Thieves

    Boise, Dec. 21, 2011 - Boise Police are hoping the public can help them identify two men responsible for ripping a change dispenser off the wall at a local housing complex and stealing the cash inside. It's unknown just how much was taken. 

    "We're concerned because this crime was so blatant, right in the hallway of a housing complex where a lot of people live in the mid-afternoon. Our experience is someone who commits a crime like this may do it again and we want to prevent that," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Boise Police Property Crime Unit.

    Officers say the crime occurred Nov. 2nd between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. at a housing complex on the 1200 block of W. River Street. The crime was captured on a surveillance cameras. 

    The photos show the first suspect entering the building and walking directly up to the second floor of the complex, he looks around, then uses a screw driver to remove the change dispenser from the side of a vending machine.The first suspect appears to be a light-skinned male in his 30's wearing a green beanie, blue hooded zip up jacket, jeans, and brown boots. 

    30 minutes later, according to the surveillance footage, a second suspect walks up to the area and appears to attempt to try and clean up some of the evidence of the crime, then he too leaves the building.The second suspect appears to have balding grey hair and wearing a purple shirt and jeans. 

    Officers say it appears the men were familiar with the area and may have been in the housing complex before they committed the theft.

    Crime Stoppers:Anyone with information 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.