Boise police arrest suspect in museum theft; stolen items dropped off in Twin Falls

Boise police arrested a man Wednesday night in connection with the theft of two items from an Idaho history museum last week.

Moises Carranza, 25, of Boynton Beach, Fla., turned himself in to Boise police and was booked into the Ada County Jail, police said in a news release. Earlier Wednesday police said they had identified the man, whose face was captured on surveillance cameras.

And the Times-News reports the pilfered items were dropped off at the Twin Falls police station. City officials said two men walked into the department lobby Wednesday, dropped off the items and walked out without saying a word, the Times-News reports.

Boise police released photos Tuesday of the man, and got a citizen tip that helped officers positively identify him, according to BPD. By Wednesday morning police said they had recovered the stolen items.

The theft occurred just after 4 p.m. July 29 at an Idaho mining museum in the 2400 block of Old Penitentiary Road. The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology sits at 2455 Old Penitentiary Road; a call Tuesday was not immediately returned.

Police say while a man and woman browsed, another man with them made an obscene gesture to a security camera, then walked into a back store room for employees and picked up the gun and tomahawk from a bag on a table. The trio then left the museum.

Here’s a little more about the stolen items:

•  An 1860’s derringer pistol that was found in Idaho City during a dig. It’s worth about $500.

•  A tomahawk that is a recent handmade replica. It is made of wood with a Rhyolite rock blade. It is worth about $200.