BOISE — Two traveling theft group arrested in Boise after burglarizing vehicles and using stolen credit cards, said Boise Police.
On Wednesday, Boise Police Patrol officers responded to multiple vehicle burglaries outside gyms and daycare centers in Boise. The investigation indicated that the suspects had targeted the vehicles because valuable property was visible inside. The suspects entered the vehicles either through an unlocked door or by breaking a side window, and then quickly stole purses and wallets. The suspects then used stolen credit and debit cards to purchase gift cards at retail stores in both Boise and Garden City, said police.
According to Boise Police, after investigating the thefts and evidence indicated that the suspects were likely a traveling theft group from out of state.
On Thursday, more reports of car burglaries were reported and evidence showed that stolen financial transaction cards were being used at stores in Meridian and Canyon County as well. Following an investigation, Boise Police officers were able to locate two of the suspects at a hotel off Vista Avenue on Thursday afternoon, said officials.
Evidence indicated that they were involved in the burglaries from Thursday morning. Officers took the suspects, Amahad Ware, 20, of Lauderhill, FL and Seth Stewart, 26, of Atlanta, GA, into custody and they are charged with multiple felonies related to the car burglaries and illegal use of a financial transaction card.
“These were thieves from out of town who were very aggressive in stealing people’s purses, wallets and credit cards,” Sgt. John Terry said. “It required a lot of police resources to surveil and take them into custody, as well as cooperation from the local retail community. We believe they were also involved in other crimes outside of Boise and we are continuing to follow up on a sizable amount of evidence that we collected.”
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending, said Boise Police.