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UPDATE: Nampa police arrest suspect in attempted burglaries

Brian McNitt.
Brian McNitt.

Police believe Brian Richard McNitt, 35, is the man who tried to break into seven buidlings in one south Nampa neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

All seven reports of burglaries or attempted burglaries came from around the Raintree subdivision, off Dooley Lane south of Greenhurst Road, between 3 p.m. and about 5:15 p.m., when officers arrested McNitt. In two instances, homeowners chased off the man involved, police said.

After the initial reports, officers sent out an alert for residents in the area through the Nextdoor social media app. Police in the subdivision later saw a white Toyota 4Runner reported to be the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to stop it.

“After a short slow-speed pursuit, the suspect ... stopped the vehicle and fled on foot,” Nampa police said in a Thursday press release. Officers then arrested McNitt after a short foot pursuit near Gem and High streets.

Officers believe McNitt responsible for all seven incidents, though they were uncertain Thursday morning as to his motive.

In addition, they say the 4Runner was reported as stolen from Salt Lake City, and its plates had also been reported stolen. In the SUV was a dog stolen earlier in the day from the 1900 block of Aspen Creek Drive.

McNitt now faces eight misdemeanor charges, according to online court records: five counts of theft and one each of possessing burglary tools, resisting or obstructing police, and an open container violation.

He was arraigned on the charges Thursday afternoon and appointed a public defender. Bond was set at $50,000 and a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Dec. 16.

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