Deputies seek Hidden Springs car burglar

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for whoever stole a wallet out of an unlocked truck in Hidden Springs last week and attempted to use stolen credit cards at Wal Mart and Albertson’s.

Here is a surveillance photo taken from one of the stores of the man who attempted to use one of the stolen cards  around 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.

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The car burglary occurred sometime overnight on Dec. 10 from outside a home in the 12000 block of N. 12th Avenue in Hidden Springs.

The truck driven by the man in the photos appears to be a brown extended cab pickup, possibly a Chevy.

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Anyone with information should call Ada County Sheriff’s dispatch at 377-6790.

23-year-old Boise man arrested for stealing debit card and hunting supplies from unlocked garage

Joel M. Todd is being held in the Ada County Jail on felony grand theft and burglary charges for stealing a bunch of hunting supplies out of a garage in Hidden Springs where the door was mistakenly left open the night of Oct. 25.

The 23-year-old Todd also took a debit card and other items out of a truck at the same time.

While we like to remind people the best way to prevent being a victim of theft is to keep their cars and homes locked up at all times, we also understand that sometimes slip-ups happen.

So be aware it doesn’t take much time to be victimized by theft if you leave the garage or car doors open.

In this case, the victims, who live in the east portion of the Hidden Springs subdivision north of Boise, mistakenly left their garage door open.

By the next morning, items like a debit card, sunglasses and a phone charger were gone from an unlocked truck in the garage.

A pack full of hunting supplies (including binoculars, clothes, a GPS unit, and animal calls) and two iPods were taken out of the garage.

ACSO deputies began their investigation after the homeowners reported what happened the morning of Oct. 26. The victims were able to provide a detailed list of all the stolen items.

ACSO detectives were able to find and recover almost all of the items by mid-November — and identify Todd, who lived nearby, as the suspect.

Todd, who is being held in the jail on a $100,000 bond, is set to make his initial appearance Thursday afternoon.

The crimes of burglary and grand theft are punishable by up to 10 and 14 years in prison.

Deputies find almost 6 ounces of pot in “Cat in the Hat” lunchbox during traffic stop

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 19-year-old Boise man late Monday night after finding almost 6 ounces of marijuana in his car — hidden in a “Cat In The Hat” lunchbox.

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Bronson T. Hobbing is charged with a felony count possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Hobbing is set for preliminary hearing Dec. 23 and is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

A deputy pulled Hobbing’s car over near the Overland/Maple Grove roads intersection around 9:20 p.m. Monday for a burnt-out headlight. The car’s registration was also expired.

It was during that stop when the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. A short time later an ACSO K-9 dog detected the odor of marijuana coming form the trunk.

That’s where the deputies found a lunchbox containing six bags of marijuana inside.

Avoid theft. Lock your cars, and take valuables inside. Especially guns

Leaving your car or truck unlocked in a driveway or on the street is never a good idea — especially when you leave firearms inside.

Late last month someone broke into an unlocked Ford Explorer in Star and stole a .40 caliber Glock pistol, 15 rounds of ammunition and other gun supplies.

The theft occurred in the driveway of a home in the State Street/Plummer Road neighborhood on Nov. 29 — most likely in the early morning hours.

Also taken from the SUV in the theft was an armored vest, a magazine for an AR rifle, and 30 rounds of military grade 5.56 mm ammunition.

Saturday’s car burglary was the 12th since Jan. 1 where guns have been stolen from unlocked cars.

Just a week before the Star burglary, someone broke into the back of an unlocked camper shell on a pickup in Eagle and stole two shotguns ( a 20 gage Browning and 12 gage Winchester) from inside.

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That burglary happened sometime overnight on Nov. 23 in the neighborhood just north of Eagle Hills Golf Course.

It’s not just cars, either. We’ve had six reports of guns being stolen from unlocked homes or storage units since Jan. 1.

In total, 23 guns are missing from those burglaries — 13 handguns, seven shotguns, and 3 high-powered rifles.

In 2013, we got reports of eight guns — four handguns, two rifles, and two shotguns — being stolen from unlocked cars, garages, and a storage facility.

The best way to avoid being a victim of any kind of car burglary is to always lock your car or truck, no matter where you park it — and keep those garage doors closed.

The vast majority of all vehicle burglaries — 76 percent since Jan. 1 in areas patrolled by the ACSO — are when people leave their cars unlocked.

That percentage likely underestimates the number of unlocked car burglaries, once you examine the statistics.

Since Jan. 1 through Dec. 8, the ACSO has received reports of 247 vehicle burglaries — with 189 of those cases where the car was unlocked. We’ve had 29 car burglaries were forced entry (like a smashed window or pried-open door) is evident.

That leaves 25 car burgs in the “unknown” category, where victims remember locking their cars but there is no sign of forced entry.

The point of all this is to urge everyone to keep the widows closed and doors locked on your cars or trucks when parking outside. In all circumstances. And please take your guns inside. Why risk losing them?

The Star and Eagle cases are still under investigation. Anyone with information should call Ada County dispatch at 377-6790.

Detectives seek Star car burglar, ATM theft suspect

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for whoever broke into car in Star early this morning, stole a purse, and then used a debit card to withdraw cash at two different Boise banks.

The person who used the card this morning bunched up a hooded sweatshirt around their face to avoid detection.

The burglary occurred sometime overnight in Star when a resident forgot to close their garage door and left a purse inside an unlocked car on Taurus Way, which is in the neighborhood just north of the library on State Street.

The burglar used the debit card at the Boise banks on Fairview Avenue around 4 a.m.

Anyone who recognizes this man or has any information should call ACSO detectives at 577-3704.

Click on Star burg suspect to see photos.

Deputies looking for vandals who shot, damaged power lines south of Kuna

Deputies are looking for whoever shot and damaged 75 insulators on PacifiCorp electricity transmission lines south of Kuna late last month.

The power lines are located in the desert about five miles south of Kuna/Mora Road, between Pleasant Valley and Swan Falls roads, in southern Ada County.

Officials with PacifiCorp first discovered a problem with the insulators on Nov. 21. The next day, employees sent to repair the power lines found about 75 insulators connected to the power lines were hit by shotgun rounds. Employees also found empty shotgun casings near the power lines.

PacifiCorp is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who has information that leads to a conviction in the case. The amount and severity of damage to the power lines make this a felony malicious injury to property case.

Anyone with information should call Ada County dispatch at 377-6790.

Eagle Police investigate burglary of model home in new subdivision

Eagle police are looking for whoever broke into a model home over the weekend and took almost $10,000 worth of stuff from inside— including dishes, blankets, a coffee table and chairs, a full-length mirror, a rug, a bottle of shampoo, and two boxes of cereal.

The model home is in the Henry Fork subdivision, located in the Park and Floating Feather roads neighborhood.

The burglary occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Someone threw a softball-sized rock through a glass door on the back of the home to get inside.

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There have been at least five other break-ins at vacant homes — either empty or in the process of being sold — in Ada County since September. In those cases, stoves and/or refrigerators were stolen from inside.

Unlike the break-in from over the weekend in Eagle, most of those cases did not involve forced entry as it appeared thieves were able to get in through unlocked windows.

Those homes are located on Linder Road, Floating Feather Road, Eagle Hills Way, N. Star Road, and W. Ustick Road.

Anyone with information on any of the break-ins should call Ada County dispatch at 377-6790

Fatal car vs. bike crash on Meridian Road still under investigation

Deputies are still investigating what led to a fatal collision between a bicyclist and a Ford Taurus on Meridian Road Friday afternoon.

Ada County coroner’s officials pronounced 47-year-old cyclist Kurt Krieger dead at the scene of the crash.

The 42-year-old woman driving the Taurus was not injured.

The crash occurred around 4:48 p.m. Friday. The woman was driving the Taurus north on Meridian Road when the car collided with Kurt Krieger, who was trying to cross Meridian Road on a bike at the Lake Hazel Road intersection.

The force of the impact knocked the Krieger off his bike. He was not wearing a helmet.

Meridian Road does not have a stop sign or traffic light at that intersection. It appears as if Krieger tried to cross Meridian Road from the east side of the intersection going west and got into the second of the five lanes when he was hit.

When deputies and paramedics arrived moments later, two off-duty nurses were giving Krieger CPR at the scene. Paramedics continued treatment before the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner’s officials list the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

Deputies interviewed the 42-year-old female driver and her 2005 Taurus is being examined for evidence.

No charges have been filed as of Monday morning.

Deputies investigate theft of dozens of campaign signs

It appears Ada County may have a non-partisan political sign stealer in Districts 15 and 16. Idaho House candidates Steve Berch and James Silsby report having numerous signs grabbed up Nov. 3, 4, and 5.

Berch, a Democrat, lost to Republican Lynn Luker in District 15.  Silsby, a Republican, lost to Democrat Hy Kloc in District 16.

Both men checked with the Ada County Highway District and Idaho Transportation Department but employees with each agency said they did not take the signs. The candidates also checked with local plastic recycling companies, but no one brought the signs there either.

Both men are now out hundreds of dollars worth of signage.

Berch posted campaign signs along major roads in District 15, including Fairview Avenue, Five Mile Road, Milwaukee Street, and Franklin Road.

Someone took dozens of the plastic signs the night of Nov. 4 but left the metal stakes behind. Berch wasn’t sure how many of the signs were missing but estimated the cost was in excess of $500.

Silsby said he had over 100 signs taken from Nov. 3 to 5. District 16 covers much of northwest Boise and Garden City, including large portions of Chinden Boulevard, State Street, and Glenwood Street, and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Silsby also says he is out over $500 for the cost of those signs.

Candidates must remove political signs from the public right-of-way 48 hours after the election is over. All the signs in question were taken before that time was up.

For more information about where and when political signs are  allowed to be in the public right-of-way, go to http://www.achdidaho.org/GC/PoliticalCampaignSignOrdinance.aspx.

Anyone with information should call Ada County dispatch at 377-6790.

18-year-old Boise man arrested for coercing teen girl into sending him nude photos

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested an 18-year-old Boise man who posed as someone else online to coerce a teenage girl into sending him nude photos last month.

Michael Anthony Hall is charged with three felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child and a charge of theft by extortion in connection with the case.

ACSO deputies began their investigation Oct. 2 after getting a report about telephone harassment — how someone unknown to the girl told her he would put embarrassing information about her on the Internet unless she sent him nude photos.

The teen eventually did send some photos after getting scared by the threats the unknown person was making. The girl told her parents a short time later about what was going on, and they contacted deputies.

Detectives later determined that the messages came from Hall, who knew the girl but used a cell phone application that made it look like text messages came from a different phone number.

Ada County prosecutors issued an arrest warrant on the four felonies for Hall Wednesday. He turned himself  in at the Ada County Jail Thursday afternoon, where he is being held on a $250,000 bond.

The crime of felony sexual exploitation of a child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Anyone convicted of that charge would also have to register as a sex offender.

Hall will make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

Victim witness coordinators with the ACSO are providing support for the girl and her family as part of the investigation.