Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 21, 2013

Citizen Tips lead to Burglary & Drug House Busts; BPD Daily Incident Report

Arrested: Nicholas F. Fredrickson, 30, Garden City

Charged: Burglary - 2 counts (F)

Arrested: Amanda C. Tufares, 20, Kuna

Charged: Burglary (F)

Investigators with the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit were called by employees of a retail store Thursday afternoon, June 20th. The employees alerted officers that a man, later identified as Fredrickson, had stolen a tent from one store location and he and a woman, identified as Tufares, were attempting to return the tent for cash at a second store location. Thanks to the prompt communication with store employees, Boise Police officers were able to witness the fraudulent return of the stolen tent and immediately arrest the two suspects. Again, working with local retailers, officers believe the two may be involved in several recent shoplifting incidents affecting local businesses. Additional charges are possible. The two were booked into the Ada County Jail following their arrest.

The Boise Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Unit 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 unit is to work with retailers and the Boise business community to reduce retail theft and fraud, crimes that have significant impacts on consumer prices.

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Arrested: Ernest T. James, 32, Boise

Charged: Manufacturing Marijuana (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Arrested: Georgette Wadholm, 35, Boise

Charged: Manufacturing Marijuana (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Boise Police received a tip from a concerned neighbor through Crime Stoppers about a possible drug house near N. 30th and Gooding Streets. BPD Neighborhood Contact Officers and detectives with the BANDIT Narcotics Task Force followed up. The officer's investigation revealed enough evidence for a judge to issue a search warrant on the home that was served early Thursday morning, June 20th. Inside the house, officers located several live, growing marijuana plants as well as a growing system including lights, fans and timers, as well as smoking devices and digital scales. Officers arrested both suspects who are residents of the home, and booked them into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

Officers say these arrests on felony drug charges would not have been possible without assistance, pro-active reporting and cooperation from neighbors concerned about the safety of their neighborhood.

Have concerns about possible drug activity? Tips on illegal drug activity or any criminal or suspicious behavior can be called into 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. 

Citizens can also call and leave a tip with the BPD Narcotics Unit at  (208) 608-7900.