Two Boise men suspected of burglarizing vehicles at trailheads were arrested Thursday afternoon, according to Ada County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies with the agency’s Anti-Crime Team in Our Neighborhoods have been keeping an eye out for this particular crime over the last couple months. They were looking for a white pickup truck in connection with the burglaries.
A deputy was parked near the Seaman Gulch trailhead Thursday when a white GMC pickup truck pulled in before 5 p.m. According to the sheriff’s office, Paul Sublet, 45, and Benjamin Hinote, 24, waited in the truck until nobody was in the trailhead parking lot. Then they broke a car window and grabbed the purse, according to the deputy’s report.
Deputies arrested the men within minutes of the burglary.
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Deputies believe Sublet and Hinote are responsible for at least 6 "smash and grab" burglaries at parking lots at the entrances to trailheads.
Currently the two are each charged with single felony counts of burglary for the incident the deputy witnessed.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office warned hikers to keep their vehicle doors locked while hiking and take items like purses or wallets with them.