Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Arrest made in Change Machine Theft

01-25-12 Arrest made in Change Machine Theft

    Boise, Jan 25, 2012 - Boise Police have arrested a man and charged him with burglary after citizen tips helped identify him as a suspect in the recent theft of a housing complex change machine.

    Arrested: Earl S. Kinnaird, 49, Boise

    Charged: Burglary (F)

    Boise Police began receiving citizen tips on the identity of the burglary suspect after security photos showing the theft were released to the public last December 21st. The theft was reported Nov. 2, 2011.

    After following up on the tips, Boise Police property crimes detectives identified Kinnaird as the suspect. He was arrested on a parole violation Jan. 19th. Boise Police arrested him on the burglary charge while in jail yesterday, Jan. 24th. After investigating, officers found the security photos, which initially appeared to show two suspects, indeed showed the same suspect in two different sets of clothing coming back to the scene later to try and clean up some of the evidence.

    "We can't thank citizens enough for helping us identify this suspect," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Boise Police Property Crimes Unit. "This  suspect was on parole for a similar crime. We hope identifying him and making the arrest will help protect other people's property." 



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Boise, Dec. 21, 2011 - Boise Police are hoping the public can help them identify two men responsible for ripping a change dispenser off the wall at a local housing complex and stealing the cash inside. It's unknown just how much was taken. 

    "We're concerned because this crime was so blatant, right in the hallway of a housing complex where a lot of people live in the mid-afternoon. Our experience is someone who commits a crime like this may do it again and we want to prevent that," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Boise Police Property Crime Unit.

    Officers say the crime occurred Nov. 2nd between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. at a housing complex on the 1200 block of W. River Street. The crime was captured on a surveillance cameras. 

    The photos show the first suspect entering the building and walking directly up to the second floor of the complex, he looks around, then uses a screw driver to remove the change dispenser from the side of a vending machine.The first suspect appears to be a light-skinned male in his 30's wearing a green beanie, blue hooded zip up jacket, jeans, and brown boots. 

    30 minutes later, according to the surveillance footage, a second suspect walks up to the area and appears to attempt to try and clean up some of the evidence of the crime, then he too leaves the building.The second suspect appears to have balding grey hair and wearing a purple shirt and jeans. 

    Officers say it appears the men were familiar with the area and may have been in the housing complex before they committed the theft.

    Crime Stoppers:Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.