Boise man arrested for stealing Idaho Vietnam Veterans Memorial medallions

Posted at 12:44 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 00:09:02-04

A Boise man is in the Ada County Jail after police reportedly found medallions stolen from the recently-erected Idaho Vietnam Veterans Memorial in his possession.

When Boise Police officers made contact with the man, they say they found him in possession of five of the six medallions stolen over the weekend.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail early Tuesday morning.

Raymond C. Rubalcaba, 29, Boise then arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail. He faces two felony charges of grand theft and possession of a controlled substance (meth).

Officers received a call on Monday evening from a person who stated a relative had given him a unique Marine Corp Medallion, according to a Boise Police Department news release.

The calling party believed it was one of the stolen medallions from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the release said.

Officers responded and questioned Rubalcaba in connection to the medallion. Upon questioning, four other military service medallions were also located in Raymond’s possession, the release stated.

Officers took Rubalcaba into custody under the charge of grand theft in connection to the five recovered stolen medallions. Police say they also found Rubalcaba to be in possession of three small baggies containing a white powdery substance which tested presumptive positive for meth.

Officers are asking for help in locating the final missing medallion taken from the Memorial. 

It’s a large round bronze medallion, with the words “Republic of Vietnam Service” on it.  The medallion also has a Vietnam ribbon and insignia. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790