Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

K9 Assists in Arrest of Wanted Suspect; Detectives Bust Man after Scheme means Big Losses to PayPal; BPD Daily Incident Report

Arrested: Oscar Alcaraz, 26, Fresno, CA

Charged: Grand Theft, 3 counts (F), Forgery, 3 counts (F), Possession of a Controlled Substance - Meth (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Resisting and obstructing officers (m), Possession of burglary tools(m)

Last night's call: Boise Police were called to a residence on South Federal Way just south of West Overland Road last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. to investigate a report of an injury to a child. When officers arrived, they found the person of interest in the case was also a suspect in a series of vehicle burglaries, thefts and forgeries.

K9 Assists with Arrest: Witnesses told officers the suspect, identified as Alcaraz, was known to be armed with several knives and possibly a gun. Officers located the suspect in the backyard of the residence where he officers could see him lying near some shrubs, his hands underneath him in possession of two knives. He refused numerous commands from officers to show his hands and surrender. Officers deployed a police service K9 who located and bite the suspect. The suspect struggled with the dog, but soon the suspect complied with officers commands and was taken into custody. Paramedics and hospital personnel treated the suspect for the bite wound.

Following the arrest, officers found the suspect to be in possession of a plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance that field tested positive for meth (one gram total package weight). He was also found to be in possession of a small glass pipe with burnt residue and a hole punch, the type commonly used to break windows.

The theft and forgery charges stem from numerous cases of vehicle burglaries reported in Boise beginning early last month. Victims reported their cars were broken into and checks were stolen. Following those reports, investigating officers found several locations in Boise where the stolen checks had been used or were attempted to be used for cash or purchases with forged signatures. Officers had identified Alcaraz as a suspect in more than one dozen theft and forgery cases and have been actively searching for him.

Additional Charges Possible: Officers continue to investigate several cases involving Alcaraz. Additional charges are possible. 

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Arrested: David E. Grindle, 41, Boise

Charged: Grand Theft (F), Computer Crime (F) ISC 18-2202

Boise Police Fraud Detectives were alerted earlier this month by bank investigators that a Boise man may be behind an elaborate scheme that's resulted in at least $115,000 in losses to an popular e-commerce business, PayPal.

The Scheme: After investigating, Boise Police found evidence that the suspect, Grindle had defrauded numerous victims by posting various electronic items for sale on the online auction site eBay. Detectives found evidence the suspect, Grindle received payment for these items via PayPal but the items purchased were never actually shipped to the buyers. 

Working with bank investigators and investigators with eBay and PayPal, Boise Police detectives found Grindle had used more than 400 PayPal accounts under a variety of names since last October. The suspect is accused of opening more than 400 bank accounts into which the PayPal payments were deposited, giving the suspect access to the money.

As PayPal guarantees e-commerce money transfers, the numerous victims were reimbursed by PalPay, making PayPal  the victim in this case, with en estimated loss of at least $115,000. 

Grindle was arrested by Boise Police yesterday afternoon a short distance from his southwest Boise home. He was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 

Idaho State Code 18-2202. Computer crime. (1) Any person who knowingly accesses, attempts to access or uses, or attempts to use any computer, computer system, computer network, or any part thereof for the purpose of: devising or executing any scheme or artifice to defraud; obtaining money, property, or services by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises; or committing theft; commits computer crime.

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Arrested: Dominic C. Chavez, 38, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance (F), Agents Warrant/Parole Violation (F)

A Boise Police officer on patrol last night near South Curtis and West Overland Roads stopped a vehicle for expired registration. Officers were able to identify the driver as Chavez who was on felony parole. During the stop, officers became aware of the possibility of illegal drugs in the vehicle. A Boise Police K9 alerted to the vehicle, which led officers to a glass pipe with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.