Action Team deputies catch trailhead car burglars in the act

Deputies arrested two Boise men moments after they broke into a parked car and stole a purse at the Seaman Gulch Trailhead Thursday afternoon.

The duo are suspected of doing at least a half-dozen similar “smash and grab” burglaries at trailheads all over the Treasure Valley since the beginning of the year.

For now, 45-year-old Paul A. Sublet and 24-year-old Benjamin A. Hinote are both charged with single felony counts of burglary in connection with Thursday’s incident.

Additional burglary charges for the other break-ins will be filed at a later time.

Deputies have evidence Sublet and Hinote have been smashing windows of cars at trailheads and taking purses, backpacks, and other items of value when no else is around.

All the burglaries were done the same way. Someone smashed a car window to get into a locked car while the owners were hiking nearby. All were done during the light of day.

Deputies with the ACSO Action Team (Anti-Crime Team In Our Neighborhoods) have been doing extra patrols and keeping a close eye on trailhead parking lots over the last several weeks.

Deputies were also on the lookout for a white pickup truck which was spotted in February around the same time as one of the car burglaries at the Eagle Sports Complex off Horseshoe Bend Road.

An Action Team deputy was parked by the Ada County landfill Thursday afternoon and keeping an eye on the Seaman Gulch trailhead when a white GMC pickup truck pulled in just before 5 p.m.

The men in the pickup, later identified as Sublet and Hinote, waited until all the people near the parking lot were  gone. The deputy, who was about 1000 feet away and up the hill, then saw them break a window of a car and grab a purse and backpack from inside.

The deputy called in the burglary over the radio and took off after the truck. Other ACSO deputies, who had been told a white pickup had pulled into the trailhead parking lot, were already on their way.

Deputies pulled over the truck on Hill Road moments later and arrested Sublet and Hinote. Deputies found the purse and backpack inside the truck the duo had just taken from the car at the trailhead.

While you should always lock your car or truck when parked at a trailhead — or anywhere else — it’s a good idea to leave your purse or wallet at home or take it with you when recreating in the Foothills.

The ACSO Action Team’s focus is to identify and impact specific crime problems and quality of life issues that affect our community.

Deputies arrest Boise man who refused to get out of car for an hour after he crashed it Tuesday night

Deputies arrested a 34-year-old Boise man who led them on a brief car pursuit in Star and then refused to get out of his car for almost an hour after he crashed it on Beacon Light Road late Tuesday night.

Adam S. Weber is charged with felony counts of DUI and eluding arrest and misdemeanor counts of driving without a valid license and resisting arrest.

The incident began around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday when Ada County dispatch got a report of a possible drunk driver near W. New Hope and Munger Roads.

A Star Police officer found the car around 8:30 p.m. by the Foothill Road/Schmidt Lane intersection and attempted to pull the car over. The driver, later identified as Webser then took off, going east.

Weber got on Beacon Light Road but eventually lost control, hit a tree, and crashed his car near the Merlot Place intersection around 8:35 p.m.

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It was during the initial call when Star Police and Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies were looking for the car when our dispatchers got a report from Canyon County that someone driving a car fitting the same description was seen waving a gun out the window earlier in the night.

When deputies got to the scene of the crash, Weber refused to get out of the car and told deputies — and dispatchers — that he had a gun.

Star Police, ACSO deputies, and Boise police responded to the crash and spent almost an hour trying to convince Weber to get out of the car.

When he did get out, around 9:30 p.m., Weber was not holding a gun. When Weber tried to get back inside the car, a Boise Police K9 dog was able to stop him.

Deputies then got Weber into custody.

Weber was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked into the Ada County Jail.

It did not appear Weber suffered any serious injury.

Deputies searched the car a short time late and did not find a gun.

We’d like to thank Boise Police for their help.

Sheriff Raney’s update on Cartwright Road homicide case

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney has some new details to share about the Cartwright Road homicide case.

While the homicide investigation is still very much ongoing — and detectives are working around the clock to gather every piece of evidence and any possible information to help determine exactly what happened — there have been continuing developments that we can’t go into detail about right now that have provided some important answers on what happened.

“A few days ago, I could not confidently tell you not to be concerned about your safety. Today, I feel comfortable saying that you can sleep peacefully tonight – without fear and worry of an ongoing threat in the community,” Sheriff Raney said.

“I want to thank everyone who has called in a tip or shared information with investigators. Every new detail takes us one step closer to accountability for the person responsible for three gruesome murders and one step closer to justice for the Welp family.”

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate leads and work to figure out why three people were murdered inside a foothills home in North Ada County earlier this week.

Two men and a woman — 80-year-old Theodore Welp, his wife, 77-year-old Delores Welp, and their son, 52-year-old Thomas Welp— were found inside their home on North Cartwright Road, near Pierce Park Road, late Tuesday morning.

Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Adam Dees Wednesday in connection with the case. Deputies took Dees into custody while he was at the Best Buy store in Boise shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Dees is charged with three felony counts each of grand theft and forgery and a misdemeanor court of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Ada County prosecutors said Thursday Dees used credit cards taken from the Welp’s home to buy items at area stores, including the Buckle, Boise-area restaurant Barbacoa, and Best Buy.

For some of the purchases with the stolen credit cards, Dees forged the signature of members of the Welp family. Dees also had a handgun in his waistband when deputies arrested him Wednesday.

There is also evidence Dees was trying to sell a wedding ring earlier this week.

That ring — Elaine Welp’s diamond engagement ring — has been recovered from a local jeweler.

Dees is not charged with murder. Additional charges are possible. No one else has been arrested in connection with the case.

Dees is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $2 million bond. His next court appearance is set for March 26.

Detectives spent much of Thursday morning and afternoon searching Dees’ home in the 1700 block of N. Cody Ave. in Nampa for evidence.

Deputies also seized a 2003 black Subaru Legacy with a gold panel on the bottom Dees was driving when he went to Best Buy.

Anyone who saw that car near Cartwright Road or in East Boise between Sunday and Tuesday night and noticed anything odd should call detectives at 577-3701.

Sheriff Gary Raney said Wednesday the killing of the Welp family was one of the most violent crime scenes he had ever seen in over three decades working in law enforcement.

“When I say this crime is heinous, that is probably an understatement,” Raney told a group of reporters Wednesday. “Somebody, who violently, without cause, without any provocation that I know of, killed three innocent people. We are working 24 hours a day with everything we’ve got to put that person in jail.”

Deputies began investigating the case late Tuesday morning after a family member, who last heard from the Welps on Sunday, went to check on them today and called Ada County dispatch to report finding suspicious circumstances.

Deputies responded immediately and found the three adults dead inside the home. There were signs of a violent struggle inside and foul play.

This is very much an open and ongoing investigation, so information is limited at this point.

Anyone who knows about any possible connection between Dees and the Welp family should call detectives at 577-3701.

The Welp family released this statement Thursday.

“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected and tragic loss of our beloved parents and brother.  No words can adequately express the grief and despair we are feeling.  These were kind, caring and generous people who meant so much to us and have been senselessly taken from us.  

Please respect our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time.   We truly appreciate the outpouring of love, condolences and prayers from family, friends and members of the community.

We would like to thank the Ada County Sheriff’s Office for handling this investigation professionally and compassionately. We urge anyone with information about our parents’ or brother’s deaths to please let detectives know. We pray the person or people responsible for this horrific crime are held accountable so we can have some understanding of what happened and why.”

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Anyone with information on the case should call detectives at 577-3701.

12-year-old boy drives SUV into Kuna home Monday night

A 12-year-old boy whose mother let him drive a Toyota Land Cruiser in the parking lot of Reed Elementary school lost control of the SUV Monday night, hitting a pickup truck and house before coming to a stop.

Neither the boy or his mother were hurt in the crash, but the house sustained significant damage.

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The  crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of E. Scops Owl Court.

The boy was driving the SUV in the parking lot when he lost control.

He drove through a backyard on Scops Owl Court, knocked over a fence, drove over a walking path, hit a Ford Ranger pickup truck, and then went west, where he drove the SUV into the front of the home.

No one was hurt in the home or in the SUV.

The crash is still under investigation. Deputies cited 38-year-old Erika Ambriz for permitting an unlicensed minor to to drive. That is a general infraction (like a speeding ticket), with a $75 penalty.

ACSO Labor Detail workers clean up trash in Foothills while deputies figure out who put it there

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies discovered an increase in trash being dumped in the Foothills off the 8th Street extension this winter and are working now to find out who is throwing tires, scrap metal, and other trash down the hillsides.

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The ACSO inmate labor detail crew cleaned up quite a bit of the trash late last month but some bigger pieces remain.

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The fine for the misdemeanor charge of placing debris on public property can be as much as $1,000 — along with the possibility of up to six months in jail.

That’s a lot more than the $11 it likely would have cost whoever dumped the trash to take it instead to the Ada County Landfill on Seamans Gulch Road.

(The $11 is the minimum charge to dispose of a trash load at the landfill. The cost could be more, depending on how cubic yards of trash you have to get rid of).

The concentration of the trash is just past the E. Curling Drive gate off the east side of the extension road.

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

Vandals cause thousands of dollars in damage to home under construction in Eagle

Eagle police are looking for whoever broke into a home under construction in the Chinden Boulevard/Meridian Road neighborhood Wednesday night and poured paint all over the inside.

The damage to the home — which included paint poured all over hardwood floors, cabinets, a bathtub, and a gas fireplace — is estimated to cost more than $4,000 to fix.

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The homeowners called Eagle Police just after 9 p.m. Wednesday after they went to their new residence on Newbury Court and discovered the damage.

It appears someone used a ladder to get into the home through a window on the second floor. The vandalism happened sometime between 6 and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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

The crime of felony malicious injury to property is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

34-year-old Meridian man could spend decades in prison for knife attack last fall

William Miles Buckman will spend at least seven years in prison for attacking two acquaintances with knives near Swan Falls dam last September.

The 34-year-old Buckman pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated battery and third degree arson late last year in connection with the incident.

Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen sentenced Buckman to a total of 20 years in prison late last month. Buckman can ask for parole after serving seven years.

Deputies arrested Buckman in September after he used knives to cut two people he was camping and fishing with near Swan Falls dam.

Deputies also charged Buckman with two counts of second-degree kidnapping for holding the same two people at knifepoint. Those charges were later dropped as part of a plea agreement with Ada County prosecutors

Ada County Sheriff’s Deputies and Kuna Police began their investigation just after 5 a.m. Sept. 28 after getting a 911 call that a man was attacking people with a knife near Swan Falls Dam.

When deputies arrived they found a man and woman in a pickup truck with knife wounds but not the attacker. Deputies found Buckman moments later trying to get into a building attached to the dam.

At that point, deputies took Buckman into custody. The two victims went to a local hospital for treatment for the knife wounds.

Witnesses told deputies that Buckman was fishing on the dam — and drinking alcohol — with a group of people for most of the night while others in the group were sleeping in a tent on the bank of the river.

At some point early that morning, Buckman got angry with a couple in the tent.

At least one witness told detectives the argument was because the people in the tent would not go into the river to retrieve a flashlight someone else dropped into the water.

Witnesses say Buckman walked over to the tent and started to threaten the couple inside, cutting the tent with a knife and threatening to set it on fire.

The couple got out of the tent and a physical struggle with Buckman ensued. That’s when the man was cut on the arm.

Witnesses say Buckman then held the couple at knifepoint and made them walk over to a nearby truck as part of the dispute about the flashlight.

That’s when another fight broke out. Both the man and woman from inside the tent sustained lacerations as they fought with Buckman. The man had knife wounds on the neck, shoulder, and arm. The woman had a knife wound on her arm.

Burglary suspect in custody after he drove SUV through fields in northwest Eagle to avoid arrest

A 22-year-old Canyon County man is in custody after he decided to drive an SUV through several fields in northwest Eagle and Star early Friday morning when a deputy attempted to pull him over for not having working tail lights.

Cody Ray Dale Willard is charged with felony burglary in connection to the case. He is also charged three felony counts of failure to appear out of Canyon County. Additional Ada County charges against Willard are pending.

The SUV was eventually found the empty SUV in a field off Prism Ridge Lane in Star. Willard was found hiding in a car about a mile away on Cowboy Lane. Detectives are also investigating if Willard is connected to recent construction site/home burglaries in north Ada County.

The incident began just before 2 a.m. when a deputy attempted to pull the SUV over near the Lanewood/Floating Feather roads intersection. The driver, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt which covered much of his face, took off, driving through fields to get to roads. Then he’d drive back into fields to avoid deputies. At one point, a deputy tried to use his patrol car to stop the SUV near the Star Ridge Way/Lanktree Gulch intersection.

Deputies called off the pursuit for safety reasons at that point, set up a perimeter, and began searching the neighborhoods for the SUV.

Deputies found the SUV in a field about 500 feet off Prism Ridge Lane in Star. The SUV was empty.

A short time later, a homeowner in the 4000 block of Cowboy Lane, which is about a mile away, found Willard, dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, laying in their car. Deputies arrived moments later and discovered Willard had taken several items from a shed at that house and had them with him in the car.

Deputies took Willard into custody at that point without further incident.

Willard is set to make his initial court appearance on Monday afternoon. The crime of felony burglary is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Protect yourself from car burglars in the Foothills by taking purses and wallets with you when hiking or biking

Burglars have smashed windows of three different cars at trailheads and taken purses from inside since Monday.

The cars were all parked in the Foothills — at the Polecat Trailhead off Cartwright Road, a trailhead near milepost 5 on Bogus Basin Road, and the Eagle sports complex off Horseshoe Bend Road.

All the burglaries were done the same way. Someone smashed a car window to get into a locked car while the owners were hiking nearby. All were done during the light of day.

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In all three cases, purses were stolen from inside. In at least two of the cases, credit cards were used before the owners were able to call financial institutions to cancel those cards.

The first one occurred between 12:30 and 2 p.m. at the trailhead off Bogus Basin Road. The second one happened later that day, between 5 and 6 p.m., at the Polecat Trailhead near the Cartwright Road/Pierce Park Lane. The third burglary occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Sports complex.

While it is unclear at this point if all three burglaries are connected, they are all very similar.

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

While you should always lock your car or truck when parked at a trailhead — or anywhere else — it’s a good idea to leave your purse or wallet at home or take it with you when recreating in the Foothills. Another thing you can do is to take a look around before setting off and note anything that looks or feels weird.

Female inmate who did not return to jail after medical furlough is back in custody

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Molly Brown early Wednesday morning when they found her walking down Franklin Road.

Deputies had been looking for the 23-year-old Brown since Friday, when she did not turn herself back in at the Ada County Jail after she was released earlier that day for a court-ordered medical appointment.

Molly H. Brown is charged with felony counts of escape and failure to appear. Each of those charges has a $100,000 bond.

Members of the ACTION (Anti-Crime Team In Our Neighborhoods) team had been actively searching for Brown and all patrol deputies were on the lookout for her. Deputies were also in contact with Boise Police detectives since her disappearance last week.

A patrol deputy saw Brown walking down Franklin Road, near Phillippi Street, just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. That wasn’t near any places previously associated with Brown. That deputy recognized Brown and arrested her without any further incident.

Brown had been an inmate in the jail since Jan. 4 on several charges, including felony possession of controlled substance.

Brown was released into the custody of a family member Friday morning for a court-ordered medical appointment.

Brown was supposed to be back at the jail at 1 p.m. The family member dropped Brown off at the jail and watched her walk into the building before driving away.

Brown did not turn herself back in. She waited until the family member drove away and walked out of the building.

Brown is set to make her initial court appearance on the felony escape and failure to appear charges Thursday afternoon.

Deputies would like to thank Boise Police for their help in trying to find Brown.

The ACSO had over 250 court-ordered furloughs — when a judge orders that an inmate be temporarily released so that inmate can get services in the community that are not available at the jail — from the main facility in 2014. This is the first time this year that an inmate has not returned.