06-22-10 - Officers credit Alert Neighbor with helping Catch a
Boise, June 22, 2010 - Boise Police credit an
alert citizen for helping them arrest a teen believed responsible
for a series of car burglaries overnight.
Arrested: Garrett D. Praest, 18,
Charge: Burglary (F)
"This is a case where a woman heard noises,
called police, then pointed officers toward a parked car that she
knew didn't belong to any of her neighbors," said Curt Crum,
supervisor of the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit."Citizens know
best what's normal and what's out of place. When they see or hear
something out of place, we urge them to call police, just like this
"This is an excellent example of folks paying
attention to what's happening in their neighborhood. She not only
helped officers catch a suspected criminal, she also may have saved
her neighbors from becoming victims of crime." said Crum.
What Happened: Boise Police were
called to the neighborhood near Emerald and Orchard Streets shortly
after 4:00 a.m. this morning. The caller was a woman who lives in
the area. She reported to officers she heard noises outside her
home, and when she looked out front, she saw a young man rummaging
through her truck. The woman told officers when she opened her
front door and yelled, and she saw two people run away.
When Boise Police officers arrived, the woman
pointed officers toward a parked car near her home that she said is
not typically parked in the neighborhood. Officers noticed the
car's engine was still warm, and when they looked inside,
officers could see numerous items including several radar
detectors, stereo speakers, GPS devices, and what appeared to be a
rifle with a scope.
Spree: A short time later, officers approached a young man
who appeared to be walking up to the suspicious vehicle.
Following further investigation, officers found
evidence that the suspect, Praest, and another man had stolen the
items found in Praest's car. Officers believe the items were stolen
from as many as 15 - 20 vehicles in Boise City and Ada
County. Boise Police detectives are working with Ada
County deputies and detectives to identify victims and return
Second Suspect - Crime
Stoppers: Officers say a
second suspect believed involved with the vehicle burglary spree
has not been located. If any one has any information, they're urged
to call Crime Stoppers
at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637,
subject: Tip236. A tip leading to an arrest or conviction could be
worth a reward of up to $1,000. Callers can remain
Crime Prevention Tips: Detectives say
there's evidence the suspects were going through neighborhoods
looking for vehicles left unlocked.
Boise Police join all area law enforcement in urging
citizens to take these steps to avoid becoming a victim of
Lock and secure all vehicles, trailers, etc, even if they're parked
in a driveway.
Remove or hide any items of value from inside the car. A tempting
target may encourage a thief to break into a vehicle even if it's
Be a good neighbor - and a good witness. Get to know your neighbors
and pay attention to what is normal neighborhood activity and what
may be suspicious. If something appears suspicious, call
Join or form a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood. To learn
more in Boise, log onto www.boisepolice.org and click on
Neighborhood Services. Outside the city, contact your local police
or sheriff's office to start a Neighborhood Watch.