Crime

Two men accused of stealing dozens of trailer hitches

Jack Dupuis
Jack Dupuis

Officers said they arrested Jonathan Wright and Jack Dupuis on Wednesday after police connected them to dozens of stolen trailer hitches that had been pawned.

The arrest came around 3 p.m., when a Boise police officer, who is also a member of the Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Unit, was working in the area of Cole Road and Emerald Street.

While in the parking lot, the officer reportedly saw a vehicle drive up next to a parked truck. The passenger got out of the vehicle, took the trailer hitch off the truck and walked back to his vehicle.

The driver and his passenger then continued driving around the parking lot looking at additional trucks.

The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the subjects, identified as Wright and Dupuis, from the passenger side of the vehicle. From his view, the officer could see two trailer hitches in the vehicle, according to the Boise Police Department.

Wright, 31, of Nampa, is charged on suspicion of burglary and misdemeanor destroying a vehicle. Dupuis, 33, of Caldwell, is charged on suspicion of grand theft, burglary and felony possession of a controlled substance. He also faces charges of misdemeanor destroying a vehicle and criminal contempt of court.

Police said the hitches were stolen in Ada and Canyon counties, mostly in parking lots.

A drug detection K-9 also positively alerted on the vehicle and officers found a substance that tested presumptive positive for heroin, according to BPD.

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