Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Child's injuries lead to felony arrest; Pair arrested for trying to resell stolen clothing; BPD Daily Watch Log

Arrested: Saadia Omar, 25, Boise

Charged: Injury to Child (F)

Boise Police Detectives were notified by medical providers at a local hospital on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10:57 a.m. regarding severe injuries to a young child that was being treated.  Detectives with the Boise Police Special Victims Unit responded and determined that the injuries were caused by Omar. The victim is well known to the suspect. For their safety, detectives immediately declared the victim and the victim's three siblings, all age 5 and under, in imminent danger placing them in the protective custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. After an extensive investigation the case was routed to the Ada County Prosecutors office and a warrant was issued for Omar’s arrest last Friday, January 24.  Omar surrendered herself on the warrant  Tuesday, January 28 and was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge.

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Arrested: Hailey K. Phillips, 20, Garden City

Charged: Burglary - 3 counts (F), Warrant (m)

Arrested: Christopher J. Fleming, 22, Garden City

Charged: Burglary (F)

Officers with the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit were contacted by employees of a retail store in the area of North Milwaukee Street and West Franklin Road yesterday at 7:15 p.m. regarding a woman who was trying to sell clothing that appeared to be stolen. After speaking with witness’s, officers were able to determine that Phillips and Fleming had stolen several new articles of clothing from one retail store and then tried to sell them to several used clothing retail stores.  Evidence uncovered during the investigation revealed that Phillips had entered three stores with the intent to commit a theft or a felony, and that Fleming had entered one store with the intent to commit a theft or a felony, making all of the charges felonies.  Both suspects were located and arrested, then booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

The Boise Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit, which investigates cases of retail theft and fraud, has developed a cooperative relationship with loss prevention agents from a large number of local retail stores that allows for sharing of critical information with law enforcement and other retailers. These relationships continually result in arrests for a variety of fraud, theft, even violent crimes. The goal of the ORC Unit is to work with retailers and the Boise business community to reduce retail theft and fraud, crimes that have significant impacts on consumer prices, and to reduce other crimes associated with retail theft.

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Arrested: Ross A. Winningham, 19, Boise

Charged: Grand Theft (F)

Boise Police officers were contacted by employees of a retail store in the 2700 block of South Broadway Avenue yesterday regarding a report of a theft.  Witnesses reported to officers that Winningham, a store employee, had selected random customer receipts and rang them into the register as a return, pocketing the money.  Three of these fake returns were allegeded to have occurred over a two day period, making this a felony charge.  Winningham was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge.

ISC 18-2407(1)(b)(9) – “A person is guilty of grand theft when he commits a theft as defined in this chapter and when: 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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Arrested: Saige A. Weremecki, 19, Boise

Charged: Burglary (F)

Boise Police Officers were contacted by employees of a grocery store in the 100 block of East Myrtle Street yesterday at 5:03 p.m. regarding a report of a theft.  Officers spoke with witnesses who reported that Weremecki had taken several items of makeup from the store and then left the store without attempting to pay for them.  Evidence uncovered during the investigation revealed that Weremecki had entered the store with the intent to steal the items, making this charge a felony.  Weremecki was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge.