Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, May 21, 2009

05-21-09 Porta-Potty Arson, Pharmacy Robbery arrest top overnight incidents

05-21-09 Porta-Potty Arson, Pharmacy Robbery arrest top overnight incidents

Boise May 21st, 2009 - Porta-Potty Arson, Pharmacy Robbery arrest top overnight incidents in the City of Boise


  Arrested: Justin C. Hess, 24, Boise

   Charges: Arson (F)

    Boise Police received a report of a Port-A-Potty fire Wednesday, May 20th, at approximately 4:57 p.m. near the baseball fields at Liberty Park on the 800 block of Liberty St. in Boise. Officers arrived and found that one of the walls in the Port-A-Potty had been burned and melted leaving a hole in the wall, essentially destroying the facility. 

    A Boise Police patrol officer had been in Liberty Park for an unrelated reason earlier in the afternoon and had spoken with a man, identified as Justin Hess. After the fire, officers located Hess at his residence nearby. After further investigation, officers found evidence that links Hess to the fire. Officers also discovered evidence that Hess is responsible for a previous Port-A-Potty fire at the same Liberty Park location May 3, 2009. During that incident officers believe the suspect lit a Port-A-Potty on fire using a roll of toilet paper. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.


  Arrested: Jacob B. Duff, 26, Boise

   Charges: Robbery (F)

   Boise Police responded to a call of a robbery at a pharmacy on the 8100 blk of W. Fairview Ave at approx. 12:31 a.m. Sunday morning, May 17th. On that date, witnesses tell officers a man entered the pharmacy, put a bandanna and dark sunglasses over his face and demanded a prescription medication from the pharmacist. Witnesses say the suspect had a threatening manner and his hands in his pockets, which made witnesses fearful he may have a gun, but he did not display a weapon. The pharmacy employee refused to turn over the medication and told the suspect to leave, then called police. Pharmacy employees were able to give officers a good description of the suspect, including the direction he went. 

    Boise Police did an immediate search of the area and did not find the suspect, however, officers did find evidence apparently dropped by the suspect about one block away. Detectives were able to follow up and identified the suspect as Jacob Duff. Boise Police located Duff yesterday, Wed., May 20th at a family members home in West Boise. Duff was arrested and transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.


Arrested: Thomas Martinez, 36, Fort Hall, ID

Charge: Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (F)

    Boise Police were called to a convenience store on the 700 blk of N. Garden St. near Emerald & Orchard at approx. 9:30 last night, Wed., May 20th, after witnesses complained that a man was "harassing" store customers attempting to sell them prescription pills. Witnesses provided a good description of the suspect, including the suspect vehicle, a minivan with Washington state license plates.

    Officers approached the van, which was still in the store parking lot, and spoke with the suspect. After a consent search, officers found him in possession of prescription medication and found cause to believe that the suspect did indeed have the intent to sell or deliver the pills to others. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Ada County Jail.


Arrested: Thomas R. Kilgore, 36, Garden City

Charge: Issuing checks without Funds (F)

    Boise Police arrested Thomas Kilgore on charges of issuing checks without funds at a retail store on the 8200 block of Fairview yesterday at approximately 6:00 p.m. This arrest follows a week long investigation into several checks written to local retail outlets on a closed account. The suspect was located as he attempted to return merchandise to the store that had been purchased with a bad check. The total estimated value of merchandise purchased over that period is estimated at roughly $2,000 dollars 

    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 Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information