Pair land in jail after fraudulent store return

June 22, 2013 

BOISE — A man and woman were arrested Thursday after allegedly stealing a tent from one store and trying to return it for cash from another.

Members of the Boise Police Department's organized retail crime unit responded to the second store after being alerted by suspicious store clerks.

Police said Nicholas Foster Fredrickson, 30, of Garden City, walked out of the first store without paying for it. Later, Fredrickson and a woman identified as Ashley Catharine Tufares, 20, of Kuna tried to turn the tent in for cash at the second store, according to a release from Boise Police. Officers arrived in time to observe the fraudulent return of the tent and arrested the two suspects at the scene.

Fredrickson and Tufares were taken to the Ada County Jail. Both suspects were charged with burglary and petit theft, while Fredrickson was charged with a second burglary count. Fredrickson was being held on $20,000 bond, while Tufares was being held on $3,000 bond.

Tufares spent 32 days in jail last year following convictions for two counts of theft by receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property.

Neither the retailer nor the locations of the two stores were publicly identified by police.

Investigators believe the pair may have been involved in other area shoplifting incidents.

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