BOISE — Tips generated after the Boise Police Department released a photo of a woman suspected of stealing a credit card during a home burglary and using it at numerous stores earlier this year led to the arrest today of Debbie Ann Kinchen, 54.
She was taken to the Ada County Jail, where she was charged with felony grand theft and fraudulent use of a financial transaction card.
The card was allegedly taken during a car burglary on March 31. Investigators learned the card was used several times that same day at local stores. More than $1,000 worth of merchandize was charged to the card during the spree, police said.
On May 9, the Boise Police Department released a photo of a woman walking into a store dressed in a tank top and shorts and wearing sunglasses. Authorities hoped that someone who saw the photo might recognize the woman and notify police through the Crime Stoppers line at 343-COPS.
"There were four calls and their information was spot on," said Chuck McClure, police department spokesman.
The Crime Stoppers line has proven very effective over the years and McClure thanked residents who have submitted tips through the line.
"Those calls are absolutely vital to our detectives," McClure said. "In this case, the information panned out. We love those kinds of calls."