Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Church Theft Suspect in Custody

01-04-12 Church Theft Suspect in Custody

    Boise, Jan 4, 2012 - The young man wanted for burglary and petit theft in connection with crimes committed recently at two local churches is in police custody in Georgia. He's being held on the warrant from Ada County and is expected to be extradited back to Boise to face the charges.

    Boise Police detectives learned late last month that suspect Timothy Michael Brown, 18 of Boise is in custody at the McIntosh County Detention Center in Darien, Georgia. Details on how he came to be in the custody of Georgia authorities is not known at this time. Timing of his extradition back to Ada County will be handled by the appropriate courts.  

    "We had a lot of community interest in this case and a lot of Crime Stoppers tips trying to help us identify this suspect. We very much appreciate citizens help in finding a suspect who is accused, not only of taking property that doesn't belong to him, but of violating the security our community's places of worship as well," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Boise Police Property Crimes Unit.


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12-13-11 UPDATE: Suspect Identified; Church Box Theft - suspect photos

    Boise, Dec. 13, 2011 - Boise Police officers have identified the suspect in not one, but two recent burglaries at local churches; the most recent being the theft of a donation box taken from off the wall at a church on Northview Street.

    After investigating, Boise Police property crimes detectives say the same suspect is also believed responsible for a theft a few days earlier at a church near McMillan and Cloverdale Roads.

    The suspect is Timothy Michael Brown, 18 of Boise. 

    Boise Police detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Brown, charing him with burglary and petit theft. The warrant caries a $50,000 bond. 

    Detectives say Brown is a suspect in the November 20th theft of the donation box taken from the Northview Street church, and also the theft of an iPod taken from the church near Cloverdale & McMillan November 17th. Witnesses to the November 17th case say the suspect appeared to be poised to take several items, but was spotted and confronted by a church member and quickly left.

    Suspect description:In addition to the attached photo, the suspect, Brown, 18, is described as a light-skinned male, 5'7", 125 pounds, with red hair and hazel eyes. 

    Crime Stoppers:Officers have been searching for Brown but have not yet located him. Anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of Timothy Michael Brown is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, 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.. 


    Boise, Dec. 5, 2011 - Boise Police are searching for the young man who walked into a Northview Street Church and walked out with the church's donation box.

    What Happened: Boise Police were called early Sunday evening, November 20th. Church officials told officers the theft occurred about 1:00 p.m. that day. Investigating officers say it appears the donation box was ripped off the wall from inside the church, money taken from envelopes, and the box left in the trash can of the church's men's restroom. Witnesses say at least $100 was inside the donation box at the time of the theft. The theft was discovered by two parishioners who found the donation box in the trash can and reported it to church officials.

    Since the report, officers have been searching for leads, and now are asking citizens if they may recognize the suspect from security footage.

    Suspect description:According to the security footage, the theft suspect appears to be a young white male with red hair, a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and red shoes. 

    Crime Stoppers:Anyone who may know the identity of the suspect, or have information about the crime 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.