Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Car Burglary Arrest Highlights Important Crime Prevention Advice: BPD Daily Incident Report

Arrested: Melody Burch, 33, Boise  

Charged: Controlled Substance Violation - Possession of Methamphetamine (F)

A Boise Police officer on patrol early this morning near the intersection of South Orchard Street and West Franklin Road made a traffic stop on a vehicle after the officer noticed the vehicle had a headlight and a taillight not working. During the stop, a Boise Police drug detection K9, Jackson, alerted on the vehicle. During a search, officers found Burch to be in possession of a straw with a white crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. A passenger in Burch's car, Travis Bailey was also arrested by officers after a records check found he had two outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants. Both were booked into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Lonnie E. Trotter, 47, Boise

Charged: Burglary (F)

Boise Police were called yesterday afternoon by a woman reporting she had just been the victim of a vehicle burglary. The woman told officers she drove to the dog park at Military Reserve and parked nearby. After she parked her car, she hid her keys on the vehicle so she didn't have to carry them and walked toward the park. Officers believe the suspect may have seen the victim hide the keys. The suspect is accused of taking those keys and using them to enter the victim's vehicle. Items stolen include the victim's keys as well as the vehicle registration which has the victim's home address.

Fortunately, two witness saw the burglary in progress and were able to alert the victim and give her the suspect description. She passed the description onto investigating officers. An officer parked near the scene and watching for the suspect, spotted him and took the suspect into custody without incident. Officers searched the area near where the crime occurred but have not yet located the victim's keys or vehicle registration. 

Crime Prevention Tip: Boise Police urge citizens to always take their car key with them, and to consider using one of a number of products specifically designed for recreationists to easily carry their car key while leaving the vehicle secure.

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