Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 05, 2011

Suspect Arrested in Tire Slashing Case - Thanks to Citizen Tip

12-05-11 Suspect Arrested in Tire Slashing Case - Thanks to Citizen Tip

    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 End. 

    Arrested: Diana Leigh O'Leary, 29, Boise

    Charged: Malicious Injury to Property (F)

    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 Dec. 3rd. 

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Original Release

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 slashed.

    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 holiday weekend.

    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 suspects.