Crime

Crimestoppers hopes video will bring tips to Notus store clerk murder

Crimestoppers of Southwestern Idaho released a video Wednesday on the Dec. 17 murder of a Notus store clerk.

The two-minute video reenacts the shooting death of Jacksons Food Store clerk Christopher Reese by two masked gunmen in the early morning hours. It will be aired on Idaho television stations and on the Justice Network cable channel.

“Let’s hope we get that tip we’ve been waiting for,” said Ted Arnold, who heads the Boise-based Crimestoppers office. “That’s the whole key, so I’m excited to see what comes in.”

Meridian filmmaker Kody Mee and several of his friends volunteered to film and edit the reenactment.

A Jacksons store on East Linden Street in Caldwell was used for the filming. Its layout is similar to the store on U.S. 20/26 on Notus’ east side, where the killing took place.

A passer-by notified Canyon County dispatchers at 3:30 a.m. of “suspicious activity” at the Notus store. Deputies found Reese, 25, dead on the floor.

Surveillance video showed one man carrying an assault weapon into the store at about 3 a.m. The man was about 6 feet tall, according to a height scale located next to the front doors.

The second man, who was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, had a handgun strapped to his belt and carried a two-wheeled dolly that was later used to take the store safe. He was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and jeans and covered his face with a mask.

The reenactment video shows Reese, played by Nick Long, stocking cigarettes behind the cash register counter while “Silent Night” plays in the background. The murder took place eight days before Christmas.

The gunmen, played by Sgt. Dan Martineau and Detective Shawn Becker of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, walk slowly into the store carrying weapons. The Martineau character points an assault rifle at Reese and fires.

The Becker character is later shown wheeling the store safe out of the store.

Shots of the two gunmen actors are interspersed with Notus store surveillance video showing the real criminals.

The video ends with “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh asking for anyone with information on Reese’s murder to contact Crimestoppers at 343-COPS. He also mentions a $50,000 reward offered by Jacksons and $1,000 from Crimestoppers.

“These are two fugitives we have to get off the street,” Walsh said at the end of the video.

Arnold praised Mee and his crew for their work.

“This was exactly what I was looking for. I was very impressed,” he said.

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