It's the holiday season during the worst recession since the Great Depression. Do you know where your checkbook and credit cards are?
It's well worth double-checking, if the unhappy experiences of several Boise residents and business owners are any indication. In just the past week, Boise Police arrested four suspects in separate grand-theft investigations.
In the first case, a 36-year-old Caldwell woman arrested Thursday, Dec. 3, is accused of forging payroll checks at a business on the 2600 block of West Idaho Street and keeping the money. Under investigation since June 2007, the case resulted in a financial loss of thousands of dollars for the company, BPD detectives said.
On the same day, a 20-year-old Boise woman was picked up by cops for allegedly stealing credit cards from the victim at her place of work last July and then using them to make several purchases at various stores during the last few months.
In case No. 3, a 28-year-old man of unknown address is charged with making false deposits into bank accounts before withdrawing cash from them. Detectives believe the scheme netted more than a thousand dollars from various banks in the area during the last month. He was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 2.
And in our last case of the week, a 33-year-old Boise man was fingered for stealing a blank checkbook from a residence on the 3400 block of North Spiceland Drive. The victims told police they know the suspect well. Detectives allege he forged several checks at local businesses with amounts exceeding $1,000.
All those arrested face felony grand-theft charges, except for our last suspect, who gets an extra forgery charge--also a felony--tacked on for good measure.