Suspected Utah thief found in Boise

The use of a stolen credit card gave him away, police say.

November 14, 2013 

Travis James McDonald

Travis James McDonald, 31, reportedly ditched Utah police last week in a Salt Lake City suburb but was arrested Wednesday night in Boise, along with a companion.

Officers from the Boise Police Department responded to a hotel in the 2200 block of Airport Way at 10:37 p.m. after a Utah woman said her stolen credit card was being used in Boise, according to a release from Boise police. The woman told a police dispatcher that her bank notified her of the fraudulent charge.

The woman had her purse stolen from her car, which had been broken into. She reported the theft to local police in Utah and to her bank.

At the Boise motel, police found that Kristie L. Nuneviller, 30, of Salt Lake City, had attempted to use the credit card and the victim's identification card. Officers say Nuneviller forged the victim's name when she used the card.

Officers located Nuneviller and McDonald removing luggage from a Toyota SUV in the hotel parking lot. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Utah earlier this month, Boise police said.

Nuneviller identified herself as the victim of the theft, police said. She was taken into custody as officers followed McDonald to the hotel room, where they spoke with him.

Police said McDonald also falsely identified himself. When they searched him, they found a loaded .22-caliber pistol inside his coat. He did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Both suspects were also carrying small amounts of methamphetamine, police said. McDonald reportedly had numerous credit cards and identification cards that did not belong to him.

Back on Nov. 7 in Utah, McDonald was spotted driving a pickup that had been reported stolen earlier in the week. Utah police pursued the pickup but gave up the high-speed chase when McDonald headed into a neighborhood, the Ogden Standard-Examiner reported.

McDonald later crashed the pickup near Interstate 80 and then allegedly stole another pickup and plowed through a gate. Police resumed the chase but lost him again south of downtown Salt Lake City, the paper reported.

Police later evacuated a Home Depot store after a witness reported seeing McDonald go into the store. Police searched for about an hour but found no sign of McDonald, who resides in Bountiful, located 11 miles north of Salt Lake City.

The Standard-Examiner said McDonald has a lengthy criminal history and had warrants for his arrest on pending drug and theft charges in Salt Lake City.

Both suspects are being held at the Ada County Jail.

McDonald is charged with theft by receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property; possession of a controlled substance; carrying a concealed weapon without a license; and giving false information on his identity to police.

Nuneviller is charged with forgery; theft by receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property; possession of a controlled substance; and giving false information to police on her identity.

McDonald and Nuneviller were arraigned Thursday afternoon in Ada County Fourth District Court in Boise. Bond was set at $400,000 for McDonald and $250,000 for Nuneviller.

They each have preliminary hearings scheduled for Nov. 27.

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