Police: Suspect arrested after throwing stolen purse from window

December 3, 2013 

— A Boise man was arrested early Saturday morning after police say he tossed a stolen purse from his vehicle — directly in front of a parked squad car.

The driver, 22-year-old Donald Deshaun White, was headed south on 6th Street near West Idaho Street when the purse was thrown from the car. The officer sitting in the patrol car expected the vehicle to stop to retrieve the bag, but it continued driving, police said.

The officer picked up the purse from the road and followed the suspect’s vehicle, pulling it over a short distance away. Police say they discovered two men inside the vehicle, including White, who was driving on a suspended license.

Officers found an ID inside the purse and contacted the owner, who told police her purse had just been stolen from a bar. Several items the victim said had been inside the purse were found in White’s possession, police said.

He was arrested and charged with felony grand theft. The passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

A woman who identified herself as in a relationship with White contended to the Statesman that none of the contents of the purse were in his possession when he was arrested. Items from the purse including credit cards and a cellphone were found on the passenger, she said. A flask that also had been in the purse was found in the car. She also alleged it was the passenger, not White, who flung the purse from the car window.

Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower declined to discuss specifics of evidence because the case is still pending, but maintained that White had possession of the stolen items.

"The officers made the arrest according to the evidence found at the scene, and if there's any other information, that's what the court process is for," she said.

White has since been released from the Ada County Jail on a $15,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 13.

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