Friday, April 17, 2009

Cops bust snowmobile ring

Multi-agency investigation leads to arrest


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Carry D. Livingston

A Hailey man has been charged with four felonies in connection with snowmobile thefts in Ketchum and Boise.

Ketchum police, who were involved in a multi-agency investigation that led to the arrest, identified the suspect as 21-year-old Carry D. Livingston, who previously lived in Twin Falls. Livingston was charged Wednesday in Blaine County Magistrate Court with two counts of grand theft, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aiding and abetting possession of stolen property.

Livingston was later released from the Blaine County jail after posting $3,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 29.

Ketchum Police Chief Mike McNeil said the arrest resulted from a multi-agency investigation involving Ketchum officers, Boise and Hailey police and the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

"It was a tremendous job by everybody," McNeil said. "There was a lot of communication that went back and forth between the agencies that led to the arrest."

Livingston is accused of stealing two snowmobiles and a trailer in Ketchum and illegal possession of two snowmobiles and a trailer that were stolen in Boise.

The Ketchum theft of two Arctic Cat snow machines occurred early Feb. 1 at Houston Lumber on Lewis Street. Police reported that a chain was cut on a locked gate and the snowmobiles and a trailer were towed away.

Those machines were recovered in Valley County in March.

McNeil said the investigation intensified on April 9 when Ketchum police learned that Livingston was also a suspect in several burglaries in Boise.

Ketchum and Hailey police searched a residence at 127 Bullion St. in Hailey on Tuesday and found two Polaris snowmobiles, allegedly in Livingston's possession, that were stolen from High Mark Recreation in Boise.

"Ultimately, this could lead to other investigations," McNeil said. "We're not closing the door on this yet. Due to the nature of the thefts, we are contacting other agencies in the area to see if they have other thefts they may want to talk to him (Livingston) about."

McNeil said officer Michael Grigsby and Detective Scott Manning conducted the investigation for Ketchum police.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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