Suspicious activity call to police leads Nampa officers to burglary arrests

Two Ada County men were arrested in Nampa early Tuesday morning and charged with stealing several thousand dollars worth of construction tools.

Arrested were 21-year-old Samson Bittenbender and 19-year-old Michael Nash. Bittenbender was charged with burglary. Nash was charged with aiding and abetting burglary and obstruct and delay. Both were booked into the Canyon County Jail.

Canyon County deputies and Nampa police responded to a suspicious activity call in the 18000 block of Madison Road about 4:25 a.m. A citizen had notified the Canyon County dispatch center of a vehicle traveling into a construction area with its lights off. This area is under construction for upgrades to city sewer, water and electrical resources.

When officers arrived in the area, two people ran from the area of several construction trailers. A deputy was able to take one suspect into custody immediately.

The second suspect made it back to a vehicle and in an attempt to flee the scene, he drove the vehicle through fields and into a construction fence before rolling the vehicle onto its side and running from the crash, Nampa police report.

A Nampa police dog apprehended the fleeing man a short distance away from the crash site.

Several thousand dollars worth of construction tools were strewn through the area and recovered by police. The items apparently had fallen out of the bed of the truck as it was driven through the fields and rolled, police said.