12-05-11 Suspect Arrested in Tire Slashing Case - Thanks to
Boise, Dec. 5, 2011 - Boise Police
property crimes detectives, with assistance from patrol officers,
have arrested a woman and charged her with vandalism in connection
with dozens of cases of tire slashings in Boise's North
Arrested: Diana Leigh O'Leary, 29,
Charged: Malicious Injury to Property
What Happened:Boise Police first
received reports of tires slashed on some 30 vehicles in the area
of N. 5th and W. Hays Street November 23rd. Officers have been
investigating and searching for a suspect since that time (see
original release below).
Saturday, December 3rd, Boise Police
received a tip from a citizen who reported seeing a woman crouched
near a vehicle in the area of 5th & Hays sometime between 5:00
and 6:00 a.m. That morning, officers began receiving reports of
approx. 25 additional tires slashed in the same area.
Officers investigated the lead
throughout the weekend. By today, Boise Police had identified the
woman as O'Leary, who lives near where the crimes occurred.
Officers obtained a warrant for O'Leary this morning and arrested
her a short later at her home.
"We're very thankful for the citizen who
was alert and followed up with a phone call to police," said Sgt.
Randy Buzzini of the Boise PD Property Crimes Unit. "We know these
types of crimes can be very unnerving, along with expensive for
victims. We're confident in this arrest and we hope it reassures
neighbors we're working with them to prevent these crimes and to
stop them when they do happen."
At this time, the motive for the
vandalism is unclear.
In all, officers identified 31 victims,
some had found their vehicle's tires slashed on both Nov. 23rd and
11-23-11 Officers Search for Vandal who
Slashed Tires on some 30 Cars in the North End
Boise, Nov. 23 - Officers are asking for
the public's help in identifying whoever went on a vandalism spree
in Boise's North End this morning, slashing the tires on some 30
parked cars. Officers say most of the cars had more than one tire
What Happened: Officers say the
vandalism most likely occurred this morning between 6:00 a.m. and
7:30 a.m. The first report came into police at 7:40 a.m. Damage to
the tires appears to be from a sharp object about 1/4 -inch wide.
Officers have found about 30 vandalized cars parked in alleys, on
the street and in driveways all in the area of W. Hays, W.
Franklin, N. 5th and N. 6th Streets, and in the alleys west from N.
5th to N. 7th Streets between Hays & Franklin.
Officers have talked to numerous
victims, some of whom are visiting Boise for the Thanksgiving
Crime Stoppers: At this time,
investigating officers have no suspect information. Anyone who may
know who is responsible for the damage, or anyone who may have seen
something suspicious in the area between 6 and 7:30 this morning 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