Arrested: Kyle Williamson-Smith, 30, East Wenatchee, Washington
Charges: Burglary (F) – 20 counts
Following an investigation into retail theft in the Boise area, suspect Kyle Williamson- Smith has been arrested in East Wenatchee, Washington. Williamson –Smith was booked into the Chelan County Jail on January 13, 2019 for warrants out of Ada County.
Williamson Smith is believed to be responsible for stealing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise from over a dozen Boise area retailers as well as retailers in Northern Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. This week, Boise Police and local law enforcement in East Wenatchee served a search warrant at a home linked to the suspect and found over $14,000 worth of stolen products including razors, fishing line, diet pills, allergy medicine and more. Boise Police would like to thank the Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho, the Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance, East Wenatchee Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Gambling Commission, eBay PROACT team and numerous retailers for their assistance.
“Retail crime has a real impact on a community in the form of increased prices due to theft. The work of the Boise Police Department Organized Retail Crime Unit adds an immeasurable value to the community by watching out for local businesses and putting a strong emphasis on stopping organized retail crime,” Boise Police Captain Paul Burch said. “In this case we were able to stop a suspect victimizing communities across the northwest.”
What Happened: In November of 2018 Boise Police Officers were made aware of a suspect who was stealing large amounts of health and beauty products from grocery stores and other retailers in the Boise area. Through the Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho (ORCAID), businesses linked the suspect to burglaries dating back to June 2018. In December of 2018 and January of 2019, retailers once again noticed the suspect stealing items from their stores but his identity remained unknown. In most cases, the suspect was only in the store for a matter of minutes.
A Boise Police investigation found an eBay account selling many of the items that had been stolen from Boise area retailers. Following further investigation and with the help of eBay’s Global Asset Protection Team, the suspect linked to the eBay account was identified as Kyle Williamson-Smith. Williamson-Smith was then identified as the same suspect seen on camera stealing items from local retailers. The investigation resulted in an arrest warrant being issued and Williamson-Smith was taken into custody on January 13th. The eBay account linked to Williamson-Smith is suspected of selling hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen products. The investigation is ongoing and at this time Williamson-Smith is linked to burglaries at over 30 different retail stores and he is facing 20 felony charges.
The timing of Williamson-Smith extradition to Ada County will be determined by the appropriate courts.
** The photo below shows the merchandise recovered in East Wenatchee.