Suspects sought by Pendleton police in two recent burglaries may be in custody in Boise.
Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said the burglaries occurred in an affluent neighborhood in the northeast part of town during the morning of Nov. 26. The police department, however, didn’t know about the crimes until one victim returned home later that day and the other returned Dec. 1. The methods of the crimes were the same in both cases and followed a typical scheme.
The offenders knocked on doors, Roberts said, and if no one answered they used a cordless saw to drill a hole in the door and reach in and unlock the door.
“They spent quite some time inside the residences and primarily what they took was jewelry,” he said.
They also stole pillow cases to stuff the goods in.
Officers investigated and found witnesses who said they saw an older model SUV with Idaho plates parked in front of neighboring houses and a white female and white male going back and forth to the vehicle. The activity was suspicious enough one neighbor wrote down the license plate number, Roberts said, but no one called police.
The license plate proved crucial. Roberts said the investigation determined the number belonged to a Cadillac Escalade from Meridian, Idaho. Pendleton police contacted their counterparts in Meridian and Boise, where officers were familiar with this crew and looking for them. Then Tuesday night, he said, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office caught the suspects during a burglary of a residence there.
Roberts did not identify the suspects. Pendleton police are working to determine if they had items from the Pendleton homes. He also said the Pendleton residents may have to drive to Boise to identify belongings. The police chief said he hoped to have more information about the case soon.
Roberts also encouraged residents to call police if they see or hear something suspicious. Some people don’t call, he said, out of concern they could burden the police with something that turns out to be insignificant, but police would much rather have a chance of stopping a crime or getting to the scene as soon as possible.
“This city is paying for people to be on the clock 24/7 and to be burdened ... and if it turns out to be no bother, then all the better,” he said.