Crime

Despite barricades, people trespass in Boise neighborhood beset by landslide

Over the past two days, Boise police have cited nearly two dozen people who have ignored barriers leading into Alto Via Court.

The barricades and signs on individual homes warn people about trespassing, yet they have not prevented a nearly daily parade of people coming to look around, commit vandalizing or steal belongings.

A dozen people were cited from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Thursday for trespassing. The subjects ranged in age from 15 to 50, police said.

Two people in their 20s were arrested eariler Wednesday after officers found them with a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. They were taken to the Ada County Jail.

On Tuesday evening, police were asked to respond to a home where several people were found on a balcony marked with “no trespassing” signs. Two people ages 20 and 21 were cited for trespassing. Four others, all 18, fled but were later identified and cited.

Officers plan to continue to keep an eye on the neighborhood . They’ve also been assisted by the use of surveillance cameras.

Police remind people that it’s not only illegal to trespass, but the homes themselves could be dangerous as the ground beneath them continues to shift.

The houses are located just south of Table Rock Road in the Terra Nativa subdivision. For more than a year, a landslipe has slowly moved beneath the structures, causing damage that has worsened from small cracks to large crevices.

All of the families living in the subdivision have moved out after the homes were deemed unsafe.

The city is seeking to have several homes demolished, while the owners of five of those homes have sued the city. The homeowners contend the city’s experts should have told them the land in the Alto Via area was unstable before the homes were built.

Last month, two men were arrested for trespassing.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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