Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, October 23, 2009

10-23-09 Drug House Bust; Man on Meth Vandalizes Homes

10-23-09 Drug House Bust; Man on Meth Vandalizes Homes

    Boise, Oct. 23, 2009 - Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers received an anonymous a tip from a citizen that drugs were being used and sold at a home on the 4300 blk. of W. Clark. Officers investigated and yesterday afternoon, Thursday, Oct. 22, served a search warrant on the house.

    Inside the home, officers found approx 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana, numerous drug paraphernalia, scales and packaging material.

    Three people were inside the home when officers arrived shortly after 2:00 p.m., the two residents, Ballinger and Thomas, and Thomas's mother, Mary.

    Arrested: William J. Ballinger, 25, Boise
    Charges: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (F), POssession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)

    Cited: Brandon J. Thomas, 24
   Charge: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)

    Cited: Mary E. Thomas, 53
    Charge: Frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold (m)

    Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers are dedicated liaisons between neighborhoods and the police department. They work with residents to solve neighborhood issues like drug houses, burglaries or thefts, or other neighborhood safety issues. To contact your Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer, log onto and click on Neighborhood Services!

    If you have information on possible illegal drug use, you can also call in tips to Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS,, or text CRIMES or 274637. If it is an emergency, please call 911.


    Boise Police were called by a woman in a home just southeast of Franklin & Curtis shortly after midnight this morning. The woman reported someone had thrown a flower pot through a kitchen window. Officers arrived and found the suspect lying in the woman's backyard not wearing a shirt and soaking wet.

    Officers followed wet footsteps to another nearby home and found the garage door had been kicked in, and items in the garage had been soaked, apparently with a nearby garden hose. Officers also found a sweatshirt believed to belong to the suspect. The suspect does not live in the neighborhood and officers do not believe the suspect knew the residents of either home damaged. At this time, it's unclear why the suspect was in the neighborhood.

    Officers estimate damage done to both homes at more than $2,000. The officers arrested the man, and during the booking process found him to be under the influence of amphetamine and marijuana.

    Arrested: Christopher R. Fong, 27, Boise
    Charges: Malicious Injury to Property (F)


Arrested: Sarah E. Gillman, 23, Boise
Charge: Burglary (F)

    Boise Police were called to a large retailer Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22nd, in the area of Franklin and Milwaukee approx 2:20 p.m.. When officers arrived, store employees had detained the suspect accused of shoplifting several items of clothing. Officers found evidence the suspect had entered the store with the intention of stealing the clothing and reselling it. Under Idaho law, such evidence requires the suspect be charged with felony burglary.


Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
Boise Police Department
PIO, Boise Fire Dept.
(208) 570-6180