When Boise Police busted up a counterfeit credit card ring, they also came upon enough weapons to supply a small army.
A so-called no-knock warrant was served in the early morning hours of Oct. 9 at a Southeast Boise home. That's where police seized dozens of guns, including military-grade assault rifles, and a cache of fake credit cards.
“This morning’s arrests tell two important stories: why we place such importance on investigating financial crimes like credit card theft and retail fraud, and why officers need to protect themselves using the best protective gear, including protective vehicles, we can provide them," said Police Chief Michael Masterson.
The Boise Police SWAT team was there, and for good reason. According to Masterson, "The suspects were found with access to an arsenal of weapons, including those commonly referred to military-style assault weapons."
In late September, Boise Police say they were tipped off to the ring when local stores said one of the suspects had made $12,000 in purchases of gift cards. They picked up the suspect, which led them to Thursday's search warrant, which led them to the seizure of guns and fake credit cards and the arrest of two more suspects, all charged with felony burglary.
The search warrant was served by members of the Boise Police Organized Retail Theft Interdiction Unit, the Boise SWAT team using the team's Bearcat vehicle, and members of the BPD Gang Unit.