Boise police have filed additional felony charges against a pair of Boise teenagers connected to a series of home burglaries that began in late summer, police said Thursday evening.
One of the teens, 19-year-old Canyon Lund, faces charges connected to at least 10 home burglaries throughout Boise since late last summer, including some committed after he was released from jail on the original charges. Lund is charged with 9 counts of grand theft and 12 counts of burglary.
Selma Pasic, 18, of Boise, faces six charges of grand theft and six counts of burglary. She also is charged with harboring a fugitive, accused of helping Lund avoid arrest.
"This is good detective work piecing these crimes together," said Capt. Scott Mulcahy of the Boise Police Criminal Investigation Division. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to recover much of the stolen property, but detectives have connected these suspects to a good number of burglaries that we hope puts a stop to their crime spree."
Officers believe the suspects stole jewelry and small electronics from people's homes with the intention of selling the items or trading them for drugs.
Beginning in late August, 2013, Boise police began investigating reports of home burglaries with similar patterns. The crimes occurred during the daytime with forced entry, mainly of doors leading into an attached garage, with the burglars entering homes via the garage entry.
Police arrested Lund and another suspect, Brandyn Thompson, on Sept. 19 and charged them both with several counts of burglary and grand theft. Lund was released from jail Nov. 1, pending refilling of the charges, police said. Thompson remained in jail as of Thursday.
Beginning Nov. 18, officers again began seeing similar daytime home break-ins. Police located Lund Dec. 5 and arrested him along with Pasic. Police continued investigating and found evidence linking both Lund and Pasic to five burglaries reported during the brief time Lund was out of jail, according to a news release. Both Lund and Pasic were in the Ada County Jail Thursday night.
Boise police urge residents to safeguard their homes and not assume there is less danger during daylight hours. More than 60 percent of home break-ins happen during the day, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.