Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 03, 2014

Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit works with retailers to make several felony arrests; BPD Daily Incident Report

Arrested: Ryan M. Jensen, 24, Boise

Charged: Burglary (F)

Boise Police were called by an employee of a retail store on the 600 block of South Vista Avenue late yesterday morning. The witness was able to give officers a description of a man who had just left the store with a coat without paying. Officers were able to identify the suspect as Jensen, a suspect they were familiar with from a previous investigation. Officers quickly located the suspect and found evidence he was the suspect who had entered the store with the intention of stealing, making the charge felony burglary. Officers arrested Jensen and booked him in the Ada County Jail on the above charge.

The Boise Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit 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: Austin J. Stradley, 19, Boise 

Charged: Burglary (F) Cited: Possession of marijuana (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m) 

Boise Police were called to a retail store on the 600 block of North Milwaukee Street December 29, 2013 by employees reporting the theft of a stereo. At that time the suspect could not be located. On December 30th, Officers were called again to the same store by employees reporting that the suspects had returned. Investigators with the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit responded. Officers identified the suspect as Stradley and gathered evidence that showed he had entered the store with the intention of stealing then selling the items. Officers located Stradley and arrested him on the felony burglary yesterday afternoon. He was also found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. During their investigation, officers found evidence the suspect may be connected to additional burglaries and the thefts are drug related. The suspect was booked on the above charge into the Ada County Jail. The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are possible. 

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Arrested: Andrew K. Leamons, 26, Nampa

Arrested: Heather E. Mayes, 23, Nampa

Both Charged: Burglary (F)

Officers were called by employees of a retail store on the 8100 block of West Fairview Avenue yesterday afternoon about a male and female seen leaving the store with jewelry items they had not paid for. Witnesses, who work closely with the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit were able to give patrol officers a description of the vehicle the suspects drove off in, last seen on Fairview.  A short time later, a patrol officer spotted the vehicle on Fairview near North Cloverdale Road. Both suspects were found to be occupants of the vehicle. After speaking with the suspects, officers located items that matched the jewelry just reported stolen, in addition to evidence that the suspects had intended to sell the stolen items. Officers arrested both suspects and booked them into the Ada County Jail on the above felony charge. 

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Arrested: Leroy F. Thurman, 44, Boise

Charged: 2 counts Possession of a Controlled Substance - Meth (F), Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver - Marijuana (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

A Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer received a tip in June 2013 that a resident of a home on the 1000 block of South Berkeley was growing marijuana for sale. Officers began an investigation that included a search of the home on July 17, 2013. At that time officers located evidence including 19 grams of marijuana, digital scales and a pipe with burnt residue consistent with methamphetamine. Investigative reports were routed to the Ada County Prosecutor for review. On December 19, 2013 a warrant was issued for Thurman's arrest on two felonies, Possession of Meth, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver and the misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. On January 2, 2014, investigating officers located the suspect and arrested him on the warrant. While being booked into the Ada County Jail, the suspect was found to be in possession of a small amount of a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, leading to the additional felony.  

Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers are dedicated liaisons between neighborhoods and the police department. Officers work with residents, other officers and city agencies to solve neighborhood problems that may be root causes of crime, issues like drug houses, burglaries, thefts, graffiti and other neighborhood safety concerns. To contact your Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer, log onto www.boisepolice.org and click on Neighborhood Services.

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Arrested: Hector A. Romero, 40, Boise

Charged: Controlled Substance Violation - Meth (F), Driving under the influence 2nd offense (m)

A Boise Police officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for speeding and failing to maintain it's lane as it traveled southbound on Orchard Street just after midnight this morning. When the officer contacted the driver, Romero, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The driver's eyes were also glassy and red and his speech was slurred. The driver failed field sobriety tests and in a breath test blew a .152/.151. Officers found the driver had a previous DUI conviction, making this his second offense. At the Ada County Jail, a deputy observed a crystal like substance wrapped in foil that the suspect had in his pocket. The substance tested positive for amphetamine.