Boise Police still looking for suspect in WCA butterfly theft
Boise Police are once again asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in surveillance photos taken last May that capture a thief stealing the butterfly off the "Taking Flight" sculpture in front of the Women's and Children's Alliance.
"The community keeps asking if it's been recovered," said Bea Black, executive director of the Women's and Children's Alliance in Boise. "The butterfly is very symbolic for the work that's done here for so many families. Even if we can't find it or if it's been destroyed, we hope the person who stole it is found and held accountable."
The glass and bronze butterfly was stolen off the larger sculpture the night of Wednesday May 16 fromthe sculpture that stands on the corner of N. 8th and W. Washington Streets in front of the WCA. Surveillance photos released shortly after the crime and a summer-long investigation have so far failed to turn up a suspect
The sculpture had been damaged in late March by a group of four people who appeared on surveillance footage to be teens. The suspects were never identified but the butterfly was returned annonymously on April 4. The butterfly portion of the sculpture is valued at $1,000 - $2,000.
The theft of the butterfly remains an active ongoing investigation by Boise Police. Anyone with information on who the suspect may be is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.