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FORGERY SUSPECT NABBED

AT COURTHOUSE EXIT

We'd be the first to admit: Desperate times require desperate measures. But forging an Ada County District Court document? Just to get a job? With a nonprofit?

That's one of the felonies Brock P. Nelson is accused of. According to the Boise Police Department, the 31-year-old Boisean was looking for work with a local charitable agency. He allegedly provided a bogus document stating his past criminal history--which would have prohibited his employment--had been expunged.

But his involvement with city cops doesn't end there. Nelson is also facing separate charges of falsifying documents, including a check and a contract, related to a fraudulent real estate transaction.

At least officers knew where to find Nelson. On Sept. 1, they caught up with him as he left the Ada County Courthouse. He'd just survived a hearing in which his sentencing on the earlier forgery charge had been delayed.

Unfortunately, detectives fear Nelson may have more victims. Those with information regarding deals he may be involved in are asked to contact BPD's financial crimes detectives.

POLICE ARREST ALLEGED

BOISE IDENTITY THIEF

Can you say "misappropriation of identifying information"? The victim in a recent identity theft probably can't. Because it's a child.

The suspect, a 38-year-old Boise man, allegedly used a child's information to fraudulently obtain a credit card. And proceeded to charge roughly $800 in merchandise on it.

The county prosecutor's office issued a felony arrest warrant. The knock at the door came Sept. 2. Our suspect was behind bars shortly after noon, in time for an after-lunch nap.

Note to identity thieves: Stealing makes you scum. Stealing from babies makes you diaper-pail scum. Just thought you should know.

SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT

IDENTIFIED, APPREHENDED

The date: Nov. 18, 2008. The place: an unidentified "retail outlet" on the 300 block of Milwaukee. The crime: shoplifting.

The story's a familiar one. Loss-prevention employees see two suspects enter store. Conceal merchandise. Leave without paying. An 18-year-old Boise woman made the ride to Barrister's breezy bungalow Sept. 2 for a late-night booking date on felony burglary charges.

VIDEO VOYEURISM LANDS BOISEAN BEHIND BARS

If ever you're tempted to point and shoot with your handy-dandy cell phone camera, think twice. Your little bit of seemingly harmless fun could be anything but.

Just ask the 30-year-old Boise man arrested Sept. 3 on a video voyeurism charge.

He's accused of waiting until female visitors to his 34th Street house politely excused themselves to powder their noses. That's when he allegedly booked it outside to point his cell phone through the bathroom window to record his guests' private activities.

A complaint was filed March 30, 2009, but the creep show had allegedly been going on since December 2007. After reviewing investigative information, prosecutors issued the arrest warrant. And the charge is a felony. Like we said: Think twice.

COPS FOIL BURGLARY SUSPECT'S ESCAPE

And speaking of bathroom windows, that's where a 24-year-old Boise man's attempt to elude arrest ended.

Officers investigating a Sept. 3 burglary at a home on the 3100 block of Centennial Avenue identified two suspects, our aforementioned window climber and a 37-year-old Boise woman. They're accused of lifting a TV, two laptops and other personal items.

Police located the female suspect at a residence on the 3100 block of South Apple. It turns out the male was home, too. Just hiding--in the bathroom. He refused to come out. The door, anyway. He was caught using the emergency exit.

And because the contents of his pockets included a knife, he now faces a concealed-weapon charge in addition to burglary and resisting/obstructing police.

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