Deputies seek van burglary suspect

July 24, 2013 

— The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who is a suspect in a June 4 car burglary.

The burglary occurred when a salesman, whose name has not been released, parked his van near the Shady Acres Cafe near Eagle at 8 a.m. The victim made several trips to and from the van, and may have left it unlocked at some point, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Patrick Orr.

When the salesman left the store at 10:30 a.m., he noticed that two credit cards, business cards, medical cards and a Social Security card were missing.

The thief apparently ran up a $1,300 bill on the credit cards within an hour, Orr said. When the victim called the credit card company to report the theft, he was told that several purchases had already been made in Eagle.

The victim told deputies a blond woman had come into the store to ask questions several times around the time the cards were stolen. The woman, who said she was from Washington, said she was having car problems and asked the victim for directions to an Albertsons store in Boise where she said a relative was working. The woman also told the victim she was going back to Seattle.

Surveillance video at several Eagle stores shows a blond woman using one of the stolen cards to make purchases between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that same day.

Later in the day, the other card was used at stores in Eagle and in Pendleton, Ore. The woman was seen driving a 1990s model red Ford Aspire in the surveillance video.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or knows anything about the thefts to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-2677 or submit a tip online at www.boiseareacrimestoppers.org.

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