Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pair arrested after stealing dozens of trailer hitches

Suspect: Jonathan Wright, 31, Nampa

Charges: Burglary (F), Vehicle-injuring or destroying vehicle (m)

Suspect: Jack Dupuis, 33, Caldwell

Charges: Burglary (F), Grand theft (F), Possession of a Controlled Substance (F), Vehicle-injuring or destroying vehicle (m), Contempt of Court (m)

On Wednesday, June 28 around 3:00 pm a Boise Police officer, who is also a member of the Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit, was working in the area of Cole and Emerald.   While in the parking lot, he saw a vehicle drive up next to a parked truck, the passenger got out of the vehicle, took the trailer hitch off the truck and walked back to his vehicle.  The driver and his passenger then continued driving around the parking lot looking at additional trucks.  The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the subjects from the passenger side of the vehicle. From his view, the officer could see two trailer hitches in the vehicle.  Based on evidence gathered at the scene, officers were able to connect the suspects, identified as Jonathan Wright and Jack Dupuis, to dozens of stolen trailer hitches that had been pawned. The hitches were stolen in Ada County and Canyon County mostly in parking lots. A drug detection K9 also positively alerted on the vehicle and officers found a substance that tested presumptive positive for heroin. The two suspects were arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail. 

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Crime Prevention Tip: Locks can be purchased for trailer hitches to prevent the theft of both the hitch and any trailer that is attached to it.    If you don’t have a lock, we recommend taking the hitch off your truck when it’s not in use. 

The Boise Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit has developed a cooperative relationship with loss prevention agents from a large number of local retail stores that allows for sharing of critical information with law enforcement and other retailers. These relationships continually result in arrests for a variety of fraud, theft, even violent crimes. The goal of the ORC Unit is to work with retailers and the Boise business community to reduce retail theft and fraud, crimes that have significant impacts on consumer prices, and to reduce other crimes associated with retail theft.