Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, May 14, 2012

Officers Alert Residents to a Rash of Home Burglaries in East Boise

Boise, May 14, 2012 - Boise Police are investigting a series of home burglaries that continue to occurr in neighborhoods around east Boise, specifically Columbia Village and the Surprise Valley area.

Entry through Unlocked Doors: In the vast majority of cases, investigating officers say it appears the suspects are entering the homes through unlocked doors or crawling through pet doors to gain access to vehicles and items inside garages, including attached and detatched. Items taken include lap tops, guns, tools, binoculars, anything of value, some from inside cars, some from inside garages.

Occurring during the dark: Officers say the burglaries are happening during the hours of darkness, overnight or early in the morning.

Officers have taken more than 50 reports of similar burglaries in the east Boise area within the past month (see the news release issued below on April 26).

Suspect info: At this time, officers are investigating but have limited information on suspects. It is unknown at this time how the burglaries may be related as far as suspect connection. At this time, officers believe the suspects are stealing the items to trade or sell for cash and/or drugs. 

What can citizens do? Neighborhood Watch organizations have been informed and are alerting members. All residents in the area should be aware and watchful. Neighbors are urged to call 911 and report any suspicious activity, including unknown vehicles or unknown persons in the area during hours of darkness. 

Don't be a Victim: 

  • Lock ALL Doors
  • Do not leave valuables left in unlocked cars
  • Take photographs of valuables, get and keep serial numbers, or otherwise mark valuable items in case they are lost or stolen they can be identified and recovered. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Boise Police want your help investigating overnight residential burglaries

   Officers want your help in identifying the suspect, or suspects, in a series of overnight burglaries that took place in a Boise neighborhood.

What happened: Officers began receiving calls from victims in a neighborhood near Eckert and Warm Springs Avenue this morning. Evidence indicates the suspect, or suspects, gained access to the victim's garages in order to steal items from cars parked inside. The suspect used windows, dog doors and unlocked doors to burglarize at least 7 garages. Officers suspect there may be more reports as victims return home from work. Officers have determined the crimes most likely took place between midnight and 4 a.m. this morning. At this time, it appears that the suspect or suspects have taken small items from the vehicles.  Officers do not have a suspect or vehicle description to release. 

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.