Update: Boise Police have arrested a woman and charged her with several felonies following this afternoon's robbery of a shoe store near Milwaukee and Westpark Streets.
Arrested: Kellie K. Drake, 33, Boise
Charged: Robbery (F), Felon in possession of a firearm (F), Burglary (F)
In addition to the robbery charge, the suspect faces the additional charge of being a felon who is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Officers also found the suspect in possession of several items that, during the course of the investigating, were found to have been stolen earlier today by the suspect from a store near where the robbery occurred, leading to the felony burglary charge.
The suspect has been booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.
Boise, Dec, 17, 2013 - Boise Police responded to the city's busiest shopping area this afternoon following a report of an armed robbery at a shoe store on the 500 block of North Milwaukee Street near Westpark Street.
"The presence of mind of the victim, reporting the crime quickly with an accurate suspect description, and the quick response of officers made all the difference in finding this suspect so quickly," said Sgt. Jeff Basterrechea of the Boise Police Patrol Division.
What Happened: Dispatchers alerted officers to the robbery at 4:22 p.m. The victim reported the crime just moments after it occurred. The victim said a woman had walked into the store, walked up to the clerk, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect was last seen leaving the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The victim was able to provide a quick, accurate description of the suspect for officers to begin their search.
Suspect Description: Light skinned female who appeared in her 30's, blond hair tucked into a grey beanie, wearing sunglasses, a grey coat and carrying a large pink and grey bag.
Officers locate suspect: Several officers from Boise Police and deputies from the Ada County Sheriff's Office immediately responded to the area and began searching parking lots, roadways and nearby businesses. Two officers entered the lobby of a hotel on the 7900 block of West Emerald just around the corner from where the robbery occurred. At 4:32 p.m., just ten minutes after the robbery report, they saw a woman matching the description, made contact with her and found evidence she was indeed the robbery suspect.
The suspect is now en route to Boise Police headquarters for questioning.
More information will be made available as the investigation allows.
Crime Prevention for businesses: The Boise Police Department offers training on practices and procedures to follow in the event of robbery as well as proven crime prevention methods to reduce the likelihood of a business becoming the target of a robbery. For more, contact the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit.