Travis G. Pennington and Dylan T. Mick are both being held in the Ada County Jail on felony burglary charges after police say they broke into at least two homes in East Boise over the last month.
Police say the pair targeted random homes in East Boise and figured out ways to get inside if they determined no one was home like trying to find an open door or window. One locked home was broken into, but police reports do not say how.
The investigation into Pennington began around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, after police got a call from a homeowner in the 2300 block of East Mungo Street, which is in the Amity Road/Federal Way neighborhood, who said a man she didnt know came to her door and began knocking and looking in her windows. When she answered the door, the man, later identified as Pennington, asked her for someone who didnt live there and left.
Police found Pennington and Mick walking in that neighborhood moments later and stopped to talk to them. Thats when officers detected the smell of marijuana coming from Pennington. Officers searched the 18-year-old Penningtons backpack and found two watches, reported stolen from a home in the 5400 block of Pegasus Way in Columbia Village two days before, a pipe with marijuana residue, and an Oxycodone pill.
Pennington was arrested at that point for the Pegasus burglary and booked into the jail. Mick was not arrested.
Detectives working on the case developed undisclosed evidence that Pennington was involved in at least three home break-ins, and that the 22-year-old Mick was involved in two, including the burglary on Pegasus Way, according to reports. Police arrested Mick Monday at his Southeast Boise home.
Pennington, who is charged with three counts of felony burglary and one count of grand theft, is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is set for a preliminary hearing on March 15.
Idaho court records show Boise police arrested Pennington on a felony burglary charge in August, but that case was resolved when Pennington pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petit theft.
Mick will make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon on two counts of burglary.
The crime of burglary is punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each count. Grand theft is punishable by 14 years in prison.