Boise men arrested after string of home burglaries

kterhune@idahostatesman.comSeptember 20, 2013 

— Two 19-year-olds face 10 felony charges each after police say they targeted homes in northwest Boise and the Bench.

Canyon Scott Lund and Brandyn Leeshon Thompson, both of Boise, were arrested Thursday afternoon. The suspects are accused of breaking into five homes in northwest Boise and one home on the Bench, beginning Aug 21. The last break-in happened Monday.

Lund and Thompson targeted homes during the day when occupants were away, police said. They are accused of entered through unlocked doors or forcing their way into homes. In one instance, police said, the suspects crawled in through a doggie door.

Prosecutors at a Friday arraignment said the men stole more than $100,000 worth of property from the homeowners, including jewelry, cash, laptops and other electronics.

They were caught after a neighbor told police about a suspicious vehicle that was parked near one of the burglarized houses.

Lund and Thompson were arrested Thursday at a Dairy Queen on Apple Street. The pair had recently left a pawn shop, where they tried to sell several items that had been reported as stolen, police said.

They are each charged with six counts of burglary and four counts of grand theft.

The defense for both men urged the judge to set bond at $10,000, citing the suspects' families in the Boise area and ties to the community.

But prosecutors asked the judge to consider the severity of the crimes, as well as the suspects' criminal histories.

Both men have pending charges of theft and malicious injury to property from March 18.

In addition, Lund has two petit theft convictions and Thompson has one. Thompson has also been convicted of burglary and grand theft, and is scheduled to be sentenced in that case Oct. 9.

The judge agreed with prosecutors, setting bond at $100,000 for each man. A preliminary hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

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