Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Arrest in Mail Theft; Two Arrested for Robbery, Battery of victim; Report of suspicious vehicle ends in felony drug arrest; BPD Daily Watch Log

Arrested: Jennifer L. Englesby, 37, Boise

Charged: Grand Theft (F), Fraudulent use of a financial transaction card (F)

Boise Police have charged the suspect in connection with the theft of a debit card stolen from a residential mailbox in the Columbia Village area last month. Detectives worked with the victim and her bank and were able to identify locations where the stolen card had been used for several fraudulent charges totaling approximately $315. Officers were able to identify the suspect who is unknown to the victim. Officers found evidence the suspect randomly selected mailboxes in the victim's neighborhood, stole the contents and used the stolen debit card forging the victim's name. Officers located the suspect in the Ada County Jail where she is being held on felony drug charges.

Officers suggest the following to help prevent mail and identity theft:  

  • Remove mail from mailbox as soon as possible after delivery.
  • Never leave mail in mailbox overnight. The US Postal Service will hold mail for you at no charge when you are away.
  • If you travel frequently, consider the security of renting a post office box.
  • Deposit outgoing mail only in official Postal Service collection boxes or at your local post office. Do not place outgoing mail, especially checks, in your personal mailbox or in your apartment complex outgoing mail slot.
  • Do not used the red flag on your mailbox… It flags thieves too!
  • Have financial card and boxes of checks mailed to your bank branch for pick up or to your workplace if delivery is secure.
  • Keep track of monthly financial statements.
  • If you do not receive an expected financial statement, credit card or check, report it promptly to the issuing entity.
  • Purchase a paper shredder or otherwise destroy any unwanted mail that contains financial or personal identifier information. •Use a gel-type ink to write checks. It is much more difficult to chemically remove and alter.
  • If your mail is stolen, report it immediately to police and your local post office.  

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Arrested: Kirk S. Ross, 52, Boise

Charged: Robbery – Attempted (F), Aggravated Battery (F)

Arrested: Steven M. Tucker, 62, Boise

Charged: Robbery – Attempted (F), Aggravated Battery (F), Warrant – Failure to Obey (m)

Boise Police officers responded to assist paramedics with a subject found bleeding in a stairwell in an apartment building on the 300 block of North Allumbaugh Street on Tuesday, February 11, at 9:14 p.m.  Officer quickly arrived on scene and located the injured subject.  Officers secured the scene so paramedics could enter and provide medical assistance to the victim.  During the course of the investigation officers and detectives were able to identify two suspects, Ross and Tucker, and take them into custody.  The victim sustained numerous lacerations and broken bones during an altercation that occurred when the suspects attempted to steal money from the victim then cut him with a knife and kicked him in the arm, ribs and thigh.  The victim in the case is acquainted with one of the suspects.  After conducting interviews both Ross and Tucker were booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Joseph M. Sena, 46, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine (F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m), Driving Without Privileges (m)

A Boise Police officer was dispatched to a citizen report of a suspicious occupied vehicle parked for many hours in the area of Bethel Street and Harrell Street on Tuesday, February 11, at 9:51 p.m.  Officers quickly arrived in the area and located the vehicle as it was driving away.  After stopping the vehicle officers identified the driver as Sena.  A routine records check revealed that Sena’s driving privileges are currently suspended.  Officer’s arrested Sena and upon search incident to arrest, found him in possession of a scale, a baggie of methamphetamine (5.8 grams total package weight), and a glass pipe.  The methamphetamine field tested positive.  Sena was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Alyssa A. Heaton, 18, Kuna

Arrested: Hailie D. Ivankovich, 18, Kuna

Both Charged: Burglary -2 counts (F)

Boise Police officers were dispatched to the 300 block of North Milwaukee Street on Tuesday, February 11, at 4:16 p.m. for a report of a theft.  Witnesses reported that two suspects stole clothing from two different retail stores, by concealing the clothing then leaving the stores without paying.  Evidence uncovered during the course of the investigation revealed that the suspects, Heaton and Ivankovich, entered both stores with the intent to steal clothing, making these charges felonies.  Heaton and Ivankovich were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.