Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Police have suspects in LDS vehicle break-ins

Men allegedly burglarized four vehicles in church parking lot

Express Staff Writer

Hailey police allege that a Carey man and two Blaine County juveniles are responsible for four vehicle break-ins last week at the LDS church in Hailey.

"They're all three going to be charged with burglary," Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said Tuesday.

Gunter identified the adult as 18-year-old Brandon C. Leavitt.

He said Leavitt and the two juveniles allegedly broke into four vehicles in the church parking lot around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Three of the vehicles were unlocked and the culprits used a "trailer hitch" to smash a window on the fourth vehicle.

Items stolen included a cell phone, an IPOD, a wallet containing $140 in cash and credit cards, a purse, a brief case, check books and $90 in cash.

"What led us to these guys is we had an eyewitness of their vehicle, and then one of the suspects took the cell phone and tried to get it activated," Gunter said.

The police chief said it's uncertain whether the burglaries are related to other vehicle break-ins last week in the Wood River Valley.

Sun Valley vehicle burglary

Sun Valley police are investigating a vehicle break-in on Monday, Feb. 11, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.

Police Chief Cameron Daggett said a purse was stolen from the vehicle. In the purse were credit cards, cash, a camera and other items. Also taken were a jacket and a pair of black leather gloves.

The theft occurred sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

"It was like a smash-and-grab," said Daggett. "The woman was inside playing bridge and somebody picked up a rock and smashed her window and stole her purse."

Daggett said he also heard there was a car burglary in Ketchum last week.

"We don't know that they're related," he said.

The Ketchum Police Department did not respond to requests for information by press deadline Thursday afternoon.

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