Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, March 19, 2009

03-19-09 Grand Theft charges top overnight arrests!

03-19-09 Grand Theft charges top overnight arrests!

Boise March 19th, 2009 - Grand theft charges top overnight arrests!

    Arrested: Amanda Nicole Ravellette (ALias- Amber Jean Ravellette), 21, unknown address
    Charges: Grand Theft (automobile) (F), Hit and Run (M)

    Early yesterday morning (March 18th) at approximately 6:18 a.m. Boise Police Officers responded to a car theft in progress at a gas station on 13th and Brumback. When officers arrived at the scene, multiple witnesses told police the incident began when the victim left his Toyota Camry at the pump and went inside to pay for his items. The victim had left the keys inside his car. Witnesses say a woman, later identified as Amanda Ravellette, was seen getting into the victim's car. Both the gas station employee and the victim ran out of the store to attempt to stop the suspect who began to drive away. 

    As the victim grabbed the door trying to stop the suspect, witnesses say she accelerated quickly to flee the parking lot and struck a parked Land Rover, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. The suspect did not stop and continued to drive southbound on 13th St. The victim continued to follow the suspect on foot going southbound until the vehicle came to a stop one block south of 13th and Brumback. At that point both the station employee and the victim detained the suspect until police arrived. The suspect and the victim were not previously known to each other. The suspect was taken into custody on the above charges without further incident.


    Arrested: James Tyler Allen, 18, Boise
   Charges: Attempted Burglary (F), Possession of Burglars tools (M)

    Early this morning (March 19th) at approximately 1:15 a.m. officers were dispatched to a possible burglary in progress at a church on the 4900 block of North Mitchell Street. Witnesses tell police that they observed the suspect, later identified as James Allen, attempting to pry open one of the doors. Police located the suspect who was walking at Jullion and Pattie streets and found several keys in his possession that officers believe the suspect used in his attempt to open the doors. The suspect was taken into custody on the above listed charges without incident.

    Arrested: CH Parks Jr, 51, Boise
   Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine (Meth) (F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M), Parole Violation Charges,

    Yesterday evening (March 18th) at approximately 5:30 p.m. Boise Police Officers assisted Idaho Probation and Parole agents in a search of a residence on the 300 block of Ruby St. in Boise. Officers who searched the residence located ziplock baggies with small amounts of Meth in them, digital scales, pipes with residue, spoons, and syringes. The parolee was taken into custody without incident.


    Warrant Arrest: Thomas Edward Challenger, 40, Boise
    Warrant Charges:
Burglary (F)

    Yesterday (March 18th) at approximately 6:30 a.m. Boise Police arrested the suspect at a Boise home on a warrant for Felony Burglary.

    The original incident reportedly took place on December 10th, 2008 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The victim in this case reported to police that Challenger, who was well known to the victim, forced entry into break into her home. The victim says the suspect, once inside her home, destroyed several personal items. Boise Police believe the suspect entered the home with the intent to commit a crime resulting in the felony burglary charge. The investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorneys Office for review and resulted in the Warrant charges and arrest.

    Please direct further inquiries to the Ada County Prosecutors Office.
    Arrested: Lauren E. O'Halloran, 18, Boise
Burglary (F)

    Arrested: Brooke K DeMers, 19, Boise
Burglary (F)

    On Wednesday (March 18th) at approximately 9:05 p.m. Boise Police responded to a shoplifting call at a retail store on the 2600 block of Broadway Avenue. Loss prevention employees at the store tell police they witnessed the two suspects conceal several items in a handbag and on their persons including clothing and jewelry. The pair then went to the check-out counters and paid for one item they had selected, but failed to pay for the numerous other items they had concealed. The two suspects then left the store. Loss prevention employees detained the pair and contacted police. Boise Police believe the pair entered the store with the intent of stealing, resulting in the felony burglary charge.

    The Boise Police Organized Retail Crime 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 BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can impact consumer prices.



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Release Prepare By;
Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information