Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Officers Arrest two Teens in connection with Costly Vandalism

Boise, August 15, 2013 - Boise Police have arrested two teens in connection with the vandalism of a building under construction resulting in damage totaling nearly $240,000.

"This crime was senseless and incredibly costly to the local businesses involved," said Lt. Bryan Hagler of the Boise Police Criminal Investigation Division.

"We appreciate the immediate reporting in this case by the victims. That allowed our team to do a thorough  job of documenting and collecting evidence. It was processing that evidence that allowed detectives to identify the suspects and make arrests. It was a very good effort all around to find these suspects and hold them accountable." said Lt. Hagler.

Suspects: Detectives with the Boise Police Property Crimes Unit arrested two boys, both age 16 following the vandalism done to the building under construction in west Boise late last May. Both boys live in the area where the crime occurred.

Charges: both juvenile suspects are charged with three felonies:

   Arson (F), Malicious Injury to Property (F), Burglary(F)

Officers were able to use evidence found at the scene to lead to the suspects. Damage to walls, desks, carpets and other property was done using spray paint, glue and fire extinguishers. The suspects also set fire to construction blueprints. 

At this time, there's no evidence the suspects are connected for any other similar cases currently under investigation.

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Previous Release:

Boise, May 28, 2013 – Boise Police are investigating a vandalism that occurred over the weekend at a building under construction in west Boise. Detectives say damage estimates are in excess of $100,000.

What Happened: Officers were alerted to the crime early Monday. It appears over the weekend, someone entered the building on the 5700 block of N. Meeker Ave and used spray paint, glue, fire extinguishers to damage desks, walls, carpet, walls and windows. The vandals also set fire to construction blueprints. Detectives say the destruction is as senseless as it is widespread at the site.

Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information on who may be responsible for the crime 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.