Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 30, 2012

UPDATE: Specialized Van FOUND after theft - Suspect still on the loose

UPDATE: July 30, 2012 - Boise Officers have recovered a van stolen from a Boise home earlier this month, but are still searching for the suspects who stole it. The van is specially equipped as the primary transportation for a quadriplegic man in his 20's. 

What Happened: Boise Police were called by an off-duty Probation and Parole Officer Saturday evening who recognized the stolen van from alerts sent out by BPD. The van was parked in the lot of a grocery story on Broadway Ave.. Boise Police had alerted local law enforcement to be on the lookout for the van last week. A public release was sent out by the department Friday, July 27th and reported by local media.

After locating the van, officers were able to return the van to it's owner. The owner says it was damaged by the thieves, but he's very happy to have it back.

Boise officers want to thank all the local law enforcement agencies, citizens and local news outlets who helped spread the word of the stolen van, an awareness that helped officers recover it. 

Anyone with information on who the suspects in the theft may (see security photos below) be are 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.

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Specialized Stolen Van - Please be on the Lookout

Boise, July 28 - 2012 - Boise Police are asking citizens to please call police dispatchers if they think they see a stolen van that may appear to be abandoned. The van was stolen from a bench home in June. The owner of the van is a quadriplegic in his 20's. The van is equiped with specialized equipment the man needs. 072712 - Stolen Van Suspects - 1

The suspects, in the attached photos, appear to be two young men. The images were captured on a security camera near to where the van was stolen. Officers believe it's likely the two used the van for "joy riding" then abandoned it. Despite officers searching for the van while on patrol, the vehicle has not been recovered.

The van is a 1998 Maroon Dodge Grand Caravan (PIctured) with Idaho license plates out of Washington County, 
Anyone who may know where the van is, is urged to call Boise Police non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790.
Anyone with information on the possible identify of the young suspects 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.

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