Boise man arrested in four-year retail crime scheme
Boise Police have arrested a man who they say is responsible for a string of retail crimes over at least the past four years.
Police arrested Daniel Hermosillo, 34, of Boise, Tuesday afternoon following an investigation into retail crime in the Boise area.
BPD spokesman Charles McClure said evidence obtained by Boise Police Organized Retail Crimes officers indicates the suspect has been involved in multiple fraudulent transactions at sporting goods stores beginning in 2009. “The investigation indicates the suspect would commit thefts, then return the items to stores in exchange for gift cards. Those gift cards have been used to purchase multiple firearms over the last several years. The suspect was taken into custody (Tuesday) at 10:00 a.m. as he exited a West Boise sporting goods store carrying a firearm purchased with gift cards,” McClure said in a news release.
“The suspect would steal from numerous retail stores and committed these thefts intermittently over the last few years, making this a challenging investigation." Curt Crum, Boise Police Retail Crimes supervisor, added. “It takes cooperation between retailers and law enforcement to make a real impact on this kind of crime, saving consumers money in the long run.”
Officers later obtained a search warrant for Hermosillo’s home -- and recovered firearms he allegedly obtained in the scheme.
Hermosillo face one count of felony grand theft and one count felony burglary. Police said he could more additional charges as well.
(photo: courtesy Boise Police Department)