Horseshoe Bend man arrested in connection with car and porch burglaries in Hidden Springs

Detectives have connected 39-year-old Christopher M. Hyler to at least one smash-and-grab car burglary in the Hidden Springs area earlier this spring and identified him as a person of interest in several others.

Hyler is charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor petit theft in connection two incidents the night of May 7, where someone stole several boxes from in front of a home on North Barn Owl Way — and broke a car window and stole a purse and other items from inside a locked car parked on North 9th Avenue.

Detectives developed evidence linking Hyler to both crimes, including video surveillance footage and finding items taken from the car burglary on May 7 in his vehicle earlier this week. Detectives also found several burglary tools in Hyler’s car.

The car burglary Hyler is charged for is very similar to over a dozen other smash-and-grab car burglaries reported in Hidden Springs, Avimor, and the North Boise Foothills neighborhoods since April 8.

In all those cases, burglars smashed open car and truck windows to steal purses, backpacks, computers, athletic shoes, binoculars, cash, and other valuable items left inside 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.

Cases like these are why we urge people to take all their valuable items out of their cars and into their homes.

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?

Detectives are continuing to investigate those cases. Additional charges filed against Hyler are possible.

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

Kuna man charged with lewd conduct for having sex with a 14-year-old girl in 2016

Deputies arrested 30-year-old Michael A. Decker Thursday morning and charged him with six felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor and one felony count sexual exploitation of a child.

Deputies began their investigation in late October after being contacted by a third party, who told them Decker had illegal sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl at his Kuna apartment numerous times in May and June of 2016

Detectives eventually found evidence the girl had run away from home during that time and met Decker after she posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a roommate.

Detectives kept working on the case until they were able to arrest Decker at his residence in the N. Bridge Avenue/W. Main Street neighborhood Thursday morning.

Detectives also found explicit images on Decker’s phone, which led to the exploitation charge.

Decker is set to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon. The crime of lewd conduct is punishable by up to life in prison.

Detectives are concerned there may be other young female victims and would like anyone who has information about the case to call Det. Zach Hessing at (208) 577- 3790 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net 

The photo on the right is from 2013. The photo on the left is Decker’s current booking photo.

Deputies are investigating fatal traffic crash on Maple Grove Road

An 82-year-old man died after witnesses say he drove his car into oncoming traffic and hit a pickup truck going the other way on South Maple Grove Road Monday morning.

The adult female driver of the truck was also injured in the crash. Paramedics took her to a Boise-area hospital for treatment. Both drivers were the only people in their vehicles.

The crash occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Witnesses told deputies Joe Lorah was driving a car southbound on Maple Grove Road just south of Victory Road when his car drifted over into the northbound lane, where it collided head-on with a Dodge pickup truck.

The force of the impact was significant. Both vehicles were badly damaged.

Deputies are working to determine if there was a medical issue that led Lorah losing control of his car.

Officials with the Ada County Coroner’s Office determined Lorah’s cause of death was blunt force injuries to the chest in connection with the crash.

 

Deputies find body of 31-year-old canoeist who fell into the Snake River last month

Deputies with the Canyon and Owyhee county sheriff’s offices located the body of a 31-year-old Boise man who fell out of his canoe on the Snake River last month.

A member of the public called in a report of a body floating on the Snake River just past Celebration Park to Canyon County 911 dispatchers Monday morning.

A Canyon County Sheriff’s deputy then spotted it near the Walters Ferry Bridge. Owyhee County Sheriff’s deputies were able to use their boat to recover the body a short time later.

Canyon County Coroner’s officials identified the man as Douglas Wick Tuesday morning.

Wick was the man who fell out of his canoe on April 21 on the Snake River and disappeared.

A 31-year-old woman who was in the canoe when it tipped over was able to swim to shore.

Investigators determined the couple put their canoe in the Snake River near the Swan Falls Dam and were about 1.5 miles from Celebration Park when they hit some water turbulence and the canoe tipped over.

Neither Wick or the woman were wearing life jackets at the time, but they had them in the canoe. The woman was able to grab one of them and use it to keep her above water as she swam to shore.

Witnesses say Wick held on to the canoe for a while before attempting to swim to shore.

The surface temperature of the swift-moving water at the time was 53 degrees and was dozens of feet deep where the canoe tipped over.

Witnesses called 911. Paramedics arrived and treated the woman at the scene for hypothermia.

A group of Ada, Canyon, and Owhyee county sheriff’s deputies began searching the area using sonar detection equipment in boats, while pilots of an air ambulance helicopter did an aerial search of the river and riverbanks.

The search went on for several days but was eventually suspended when officials found no trace of Wick.

The place where deputies recovered Wick Monday  — just past the Walters Ferry boat landing and Idaho 45 — is about 8.5 miles from where the canoe tipped over on April 21.

We would like to pass on a special “thank you” to the Canyon and Owyhee county deputies who continually searched the river for the last several weeks.

Phone scam calls continue to plague Ada County residents

Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies will never call and threaten to arrest you because you missed jury duty — or have a federal arrest warrant — or have an outstanding civil judgment — or owe the IRS money —or anything like that.

Deputies will also never ask you to place funds for payment on a pre-paid credit card to “cancel the arrest warrant” for missing that phony jury duty, or having a phony federal arrest warrant, or some other made-up charge.

Scammers will do that. In fact, they are doing it to Ada County citizens right now. They use phone numbers with a 208 area code and use the names of current ACSO employees to sell the ruse.

Anyone who calls you and says they are from the ACSO and asks for your money to prevent an arrest is not from the ACSO. They are scammers.

In the latest version, the callers pretend to be a sergeant from the ACSO and tell people they have outstanding arrest warrants. If you don’t answer, they leave a message with a callback number with a 208 area code, which has a bogus message from a fictional ACSO deputy threatening to arrest you.

This is a variation of the same scam that has plagued Boise residents numerous times over the past five years. It used to be the scammers threatened to arrest people for missing jury duty. Now it’s all about the fake warrants.

Several dozen Ada County residents reported getting the phone calls this month. The mythical amount people “owe” has been anywhere from $100 to $5,000.

The scammers usually tell their victims to go to a store, get a pre-paid credit card (like a Green Dot), load it up with money, and then call a phone number with the card information.

The scammers get your phone numbers and make the calls over the internet with burner cell phones, making them very hard to trace.

The Better Business Bureau is aware of the scam and says people can protect themselves from becoming victims of identify theft by never giving out any personal information when getting an unsolicited phone call.

Giving out sensitive information over the phone — both personal and financial — can put you at risk for fraud.

If you did miss jury duty in Ada County, you would get a letter in the mail. If you had a civil judgment or arrest warrant, you would be served or arrested in person, not over the phone.

No one from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office will ever ask for a credit card number to pay any kind of fine over the phone.

If you have received one of these scam phone calls, contact the Ada County Sheriff’s Office at (208) 377-6790 or the Better Business Bureau online at BBB.org.

 

Deputies investigating fatal mountain bike crash near Avimor

A 38-year-old Boise man suffered fatal injuries after his mountain bike went off a trail and down a steep gulch in the Foothills near Avimor Saturday morning.

Deputies began their investigation shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday after dispatchers got a 911 call reporting that 38-year-old Jason Delgadillo had crashed his mountain bike on the Spring Valley Creek trail, was not breathing, and that people were doing CPR.

Ada County paramedics and an air ambulance were also sent to the crash site.

The first deputy who arrived found three people doing CPR on Delgadillo near a creek at the bottom of the gulch. They then moved the man up to the trail and continued CPR until paramedics arrived moments later and took over.

Witnesses later told investigators Delgadillo was riding on the trail with another man when they got separated. The other rider could not locate Delgadillo and asked some hikers if they had seen another cyclist. They did not, so the rider began backtracking and found an area where tire marks went off the trail.

That’s when the cyclist saw Delgadillo and his mountain bike lying in the bottom of a gulch, about 10-to-15 feet from the trail, in a creek. There was dense vegetation on the sides of the gulch. Delgadillo was not breathing.

The other cyclist began CPR. He then decided he needed help and found some nearby hikers, who called 911. Then they all began providing CPR until paramedics arrived.

The air ambulance helicopter arrived at the scene a short time later but did not take the man back to a hospital as emergency crews determined Delgadillo could not be revived.

People who know Delgadillo told deputies he was an experienced mountain bike rider.  Witnesses say he was wearing a helmet.

Ada County Coroner’s officials said Monday they are still establishing the cause and manner of Delgadillo’s death.

 

 

Crews continue search for 31-year-old Boise man who fell out of canoe on the Snake River

Deputies with the Canyon and Owyhee county sheriff’s offices will continue to search Monday for a 31-year-old Boise man who fell out of his canoe on the Snake River near Celebration Park over the weekend.

A 31-year-old woman who was in the canoe when it tipped over was able to swim to shore.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies began their search after getting a 911 call at 3:39 p.m. Saturday.

Investigators later determined the couple had put their canoe in the Snake River near the Swan Falls Dam and were about 1.5 miles from Celebration Park when they hit some water turbulence and the canoe tipped over.

Neither the man or woman were wearing their life jackets at the time, but they had them in the canoe. The woman was able to grab one of them and use it to keep her above water as she swam to shore.

Witnesses say the man held on to the canoe for a while before attempting to swim to shore.

The surface temperature of the swift-moving water at the time was 53 degrees and appears to be dozens of feet deep where the canoe tipped over.

Witnesses called 911. Paramedics arrived and treated the woman at the scene for hypothermia.

A group of Ada, Canyon, and Owhyee county sheriff’s deputies began searching the area using sonar detection equipment in boats, while pilots of an air ambulance helicopter did an aerial search of the river and riverbanks.

They suspended the search when the sun went down Saturday night and resumed again Sunday morning, but were not able to find the man.

Canyon and Owyhee county sheriff’s deputies routinely patrol the Snake River in that area and will continue to use sonar to try to locate the man.

Volunteers with Ada County’s Trauma Intervention Program (TIPS) are providing support to the woman and family members.

 

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 cau@adaweb.net

 

 

 

Eagle Police investigate a series of break-ins at homes under construction

Thieves have broken into at least four homes under construction in Eagle since February — stealing thousands of dollars worth of new appliances and tools.

The homes are in the neighborhoods surrounding BanBury Golf Course.

Thieves also broke into a home under construction at Rivermist Avenue in Star last week. Investigators say that break-in could be connected to the Eagle burglaries.

The method is the same – thieves find homes under construction with unlocked doors, break-in at night when on one else is around, and steal new appliances (including refrigerators, stoves, water heaters), plumbing supplies and construction equipment left at the sites.

Eagle burgs

Eagle Police detectives have met with local builders and construction crews to encourage them to securely lock all construction sites when they are done for the day – or even when they go to lunch or take a break.

We’ve had cases in the past where crews have left for an hour to go to lunch, left their work sites wide open, and returned to find all their tools and ladders were gone.

Anyone with information should call Eagle Police at (208) 938-2260 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net

Doing whatever we can to prevent property crimes like theft and vandalism is a priority for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office — and we need your help to do that.

We are always reminding people the best thing they can do to avoid being victims of crime is to lock their stuff up. That means all doors, windows, and vehicles at your homes – especially garage and side doors.

 

 

33-year-old Kuna man charged with sex abuse of a minor

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 33-year-old Kuna man who exposed his genitals to a pre-teenage girl in a local fast food restaurant last month— and detectives are trying to figure out if he has done the same thing to any other kids.

Tyler A. Howell is charged with a felony count of sex abuse of a minor under the age of 16.

Deputies began their investigation on Jan. 26 after being contacted by a third party.

They determined the girl and her grandmother were at a fast food restaurant on Chinden Boulevard on Jan. 5 and were eating in the dining area when a man, later identified at Howell, sat down near them and began masturbating when the girl looked at him.

Investigators later determined Howell would stop when anyone else walked by but would start again.

The girl told her grandmother after they left the restaurant what happened. Our deputies found out a short time later and began their investigation. They developed the evidence to arrest Howell this week after gathering evidence and doing interviews.

Howell is set to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.  The crime of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16 is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Howell has recently worked for a local carpet/duct cleaning service that does business all over Ada County .

Detectives are concerned there may be more child victims.

Anyone with information should call Detective Shellie Strolberg at (208) 577-3788 or send an email to SStrolberg@adaweb.net