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.

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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.

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.

Eagle Police look for vandals who broke into home and caused a gas line fire

Eagle Police are looking for whoever vandalized a home in the 400 block of N. Stierman Way early Monday morning — and started a fire when they broke a gas line in the garage.

The damage to the home, which is for sale, is significant. The vandals broke appliances, smashed mirrors and pictures, and damaged furniture inside.

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Eagle police were sent to the home just after 9 a.m. Monday — a short time after a realtor discovered the damage.

It appears the vandals got inside the home sometime between late night Sunday and early Monday morning by kicking in a door on the garage. At some point, whoever broke in damaged a gas line inside the garage.

When Eagle Police arrived and checked out the home, they noticed flames coming from the garage and called Eagle Fire.

Eagle fire crews put out the blaze before it could spread to the rest of the home.

If that fire had gone undetected for much longer, it would have likely spread to the rest of the home, fire officials said.

No one was home at the time of the break-in.

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

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.

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.