Detectives investigate smash-and-grab car burgs in north Ada County

Our best advice for people who want to avoid being victims of crime is to lock your stuff up. Today we want to add to that message with an essential additional piece of advice, which is  — take your stuff out of your car or truck while you’re at it.

Our detectives have taken over a dozen reports of thieves smashing into cars in the Hidden Springs, Avimor, and north Boise Foothills neighborhoods since April 8. Burglars are smashing car and truck windows to steal purses, backpacks, computers, athletic shoes, binoculars, and other valuable items that people have left in locked cars and trucks – but visible from the outside.

In one of the burglaries, thieves broke into a car and stole a wallet, and then used the garage door opener to get inside and steal a bike.

All the burglaries happened overnight. Cars and trucks were parked in driveways.

It sure doesn’t seem fair that your own driveway might not be the safest place for your stuff. That being said, it’s just a good idea to take your valuables – especially purses, wallets, backpacks, and guns — out of the car and into your locked house. Why risk it?

Anyone with information about the break-ins should call Ada County dispatch at (208) 377-6790 or send an email to




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