Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shoplifting scheme lands three in jail on Felony charges; Daily incident report

01-11-12 Shoplifting scheme lands three in jail on Felony charges; Daily incident report


  Arrested: Kenneth L. Whitehorn, 44, Boise

  Charges:Burglary (F), Grand Theft (F)

  Arrested: Seth A. Martin, 21, Caldwell

  Charges:Burglary (F), Grand Theft (F)

  Arrested: Scott T. Brown, 21, Caldwell

  Charges:Burglary (F), Grand Theft (F)

   Boise Police responded to a report of a theft at a retail store on the 300 block of North Milwaukee yesterday, January 10th, at approximately 2:00 p.m. Store employees tell police that they witnessed Kenneth Whitehorn enter the store and conduct a price tag switch and return, in order to obtain a gift card. During the investigation, officers obtained evidence that all three suspects had been involved in similar schemes at at least three different stores in Boise. Using fraudulent means the suspects have obtained, over the last few days, a least $700.00 in gift cards from local merchants. Officers have evidence that indicates the  suspects entered the stores with the intent to commit the thefts resulting in the burglary charges. After a detailed investigation the suspects were transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges. The investigation into this case continues and officers have evidence that indicates  this was an ongoing fraud scheme taking place in the region. Additional charges may be added at a later time and there may be other victims.

   The Boise Police Department has developed a positive, productive working relationship with loss prevention agents from many local retail stores, large and small, local and national chains. The goal of the BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can impact consumer prices.

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  Warrant Arrested: Virginia M. Seganos, 27, Boise

  Warrant Charges:Grand Theft (F)

    The suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding felony warrant for Grand Theft yesterday.

   The arrest warrant stems from an ongoing investigation into a stolen car reported to police on July 22nd of last year. Evidence indicates the suspect borrowed the car from the victim, who is well known to the suspect, for a few hours. The vehicle was never returned to the victim and the stolen vehicle was entered into the NCIC system as stolen. On July 28th of last year the victim notified police the vehicle had been recovered by authorities in Oregon and returned to the victim. That investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrant.

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information