Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Repeated theft leads to Felony charges; BPD Daily Incident Report

  Arrested: Amy A. Andrews, 19, Boise

   Charges: Grand Theft (F)

   Boise Police responded to a report of a theft at a retail store on the 400 block of North Milwaukee Street yesterday, September 3rd, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Store employees tell police that they witnessed the two adult female suspects select clothing items and enter a fitting room. When the suspects exited the fitting room, employees say the items were gone. Employees found tags in the fitting room that had been removed from the clothing items. Loss prevention specialists contacted Boise Police Retail Crimes Detectives who responded to the store and located one of the suspects in the parking lot.

   Using information gathered during the investigation, officers identified the second suspect, Amy Andrews, and contacted her at her residence on the 9700 block of Rifleman Street a short time later. Officers recovered items of stolen merchandise from the home. Detectives determined the suspects had stolen more than $600.00 in merchandise from five stores during the criminal episode. Evidence indicates the suspects had engaged in multiple criminal acts of theft at several different retail stores on the same day, leaving and returning to several times. That investigative information resulted in the Grand Theft Charge. Amy Andrews was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges. The second suspect, who has been contacted and interviewed by police, will face similar charges when the reports are forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting attorney’s Office for review.

   The Boise Police Department Retail Crimes 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 program is to work with retailers and the Boise business community to reduce retail theft and fraud, crimes that have significant impacts on consumer prices.

TITLE 18 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS CHAPTER 24 THEFT 18-2407. Grading of theft. Theft is divided into two (2) degrees, grand theft and petit theft. Grand theft. 8. When any series of thefts, comprised of individual thefts having a value of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or less, are part of a common scheme or plan, the thefts may be aggregated in one (1) count and the sum of the value of all of the thefts shall be the value considered in determining whether the value exceeds one thousand dollars ($1,000); or 9. The property has an aggregate value over fifty dollars ($50.00) and is stolen during three (3) or more incidents of theft during a criminal episode. For purposes of this subparagraph a "criminal episode" shall mean a series of unlawful acts committed over a period of up to three (3) days;

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information