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Boise Police nab two in retail credit card theft

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Posted at 12:40 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 15:52:46-05

BOISE, Idaho — Two Illinois men face felony charges after Boise Police say they made purchases with a stolen credit card number.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, members of the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit were watching for any retail thefts at a store on the 8300 block of W. Overland Road when they spotted two men acting suspiciously.

“Officers saw the two subjects quickly leave the store and get into a rental car. The subjects then immediately changed their clothing and drove away,” according to Boise Police spokesman Ryan Larrondo. “Officers followed their vehicle and found it to be a rental from California. The rental information indicated that a man from Illinois had rented it.”

he two men then drove to another store on the 4000 block of Fairview Avenue and entered through separate doors, “leading officers to believe that illegal activities were about to take place,” Larrondo said.

“While inside the store, the two subjects purchased multiple high-value gift cards using a credit card number on their smart phone. Officers were able to speak with the actual card owner -- who lives in Boise –- (who) confirmed that (the purchases) were in fact fraudulent,” Larrondo explained. He said the alleged thefts totaled about $2,200.

Officers took the two men into custody. They were identified as John K.F. Bolden, 21, of Dolton, Illinois (pictured, right) and Cory J. Parker, 22, of Chicago.

“Detectives located evidence that the two had flown to California and rented a car before coming to the Boise area. Officers believe the suspects came to the area to use the stolen credit card number locally to make fraudulent purchases,” Larrondo said.

Both men were arrested for two counts of felony burglary and felony criminal conspiracy. Parker also faces a single count of felony grand theft.